Title

Cooperative conflict management as a basis for training students in China

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Theory Into Practice

Publication Date

Winter 1-1-2004

Volume

43

Issue

1

First Page

80

Last Page

86

Abstract

Chinese educators recognize that for their students to take advantage of new opportunities, as well as handle emerging threats in their rapidly changing society, they must learn to manage many conflicts. But Chinese collectivism and valuing harmony may seem to make Western approaches to conflict resolution culturally inappropriate. This article reviews recent research that provides a theoretical foundation for the training of conflict skills among Chinese students. Contrary to common assumptions, studies indicate that Chinese people not only can manage their conflicts openly but they can do so productively and enjoyably. Chinese values need not work against managing conflict. Indeed, when appropriately expressed, Chinese values have been found to promote open, constructive conflict management. These recent studies suggest how Western-based training on cooperative conflict can be modified for effective, culturally acceptable conflict management training in China.

DOI

10.1207/s15430421tip4301_10

Print ISSN

00405841

E-ISSN

15430421

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Copyright © 2004 College of Education, The Ohio State University

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Tjosvold, D., & Su, S. F. (2004). Cooperative conflict management as a basis for training students in China. Theory Into Practice, 43(1), 80-86. doi: 10.1207/s15430421tip4301_10