ERIC Number: ED183701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Disruption in Six Hundred Schools.
Gottfredson, Gary D.; Daiger, Denise C.
Rates of teacher and student victimization are examined in a sample of over 600 public junior and senior high schools using questionnaire data from teachers, students, and principals, and 1970 census data about the communities within which the schools are located. Factor analysis was used to guide the development of scales measuring community and school characteristics. A path model was used to structure the application of statistical controls in assessing the contributions of school characteristics to the explanation of victimization rates. Results imply that rates of teacher victimization are strongly tied to the degree of poverty and unemployment in the surrounding community, and are high in urban areas. Student victimization rates are more independent of community characteristics. Even after statistical controls for community characteristics and the social and demographic composition of the school are applied, a number of school characteristics are moderately associated with victimization rates. These include the ways rules are administered, and the degree of cooperation between administration and teachers. Implications of the research are spelled out in nontechnical language in a final chapter which may be read by readers interested only in an overview of the major findings. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Social Organization of Schools.
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