Teaching Conflict Resolution in the Bioecological System: Implementing Winning Colors





Purpose. The purpose of this article is to propose a solution for conflict resolution in a bioecological system.

Background. In 1979, Bronfenbrenner introduced his bioecological theory of human development which suggested that children are immersed in four integrated systems that affect student behavior and success in public schools. More than thirty years later, the bioecological system has experienced several changes, most notably in the structure of the family and changes in the culture. Conflict can lead to tragedy but intervention programs have seen some success when any one of the four systems is positively affected. Winning Colors® can be an effective tool to teach conflict resolution and communication leading to situational leadershipteam buildingconflict resolution, and improved communication in any inter-personal situation. Winning Colors® uses four color cards with corresponding behavior strengths that can be understood by children and adults in a short period.

Aim. In this article, we explain how Winning Colors® program that has been used to teach conflict resolution and communication to thousands of learners.

Conclusion. Winning Colors® can be implemented to teach conflict resolution and communication across the bioecological system.


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Journal Article
Timothy C. Clapper
Donna M. Rice
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Simulation & Gaming
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Friday, May 5, 2017
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