chapter  3
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A Schematic for Analyzing Conflict in the University Classroom

ByAlford A. Young Jr

The consistent recognition of conflict between the various partners in the higher educational system was a central part of the research project that led to the creation of this book emerging from the data. According to the 2011 edition of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, conflict is a “competitive or opposing action of incompatibles,” an “antagonistic state or action (as of divergent ideas, interests, or persons)” or the existence of “a mental struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or external or internal demands.” Conflict is a resulting property of social relations, especially when such relations occur in milieu where people promote and defend clear and deliberate objectives for engaging each other. Such conflict can result from engagements that concern disagreements about beliefs as well as about access to and utilization of material resources.