ERIC Number: ED374118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Keeping Our Schools Safe: A Survey of Teachers and Students about Violence in U.S. Schools.
Honeywell, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.
A nationwide survey was conducted to solicit input from a random sample of junior and senior high school students (N=250) and teachers (N=258) regarding violence in the schools. This report presents a summary of survey results under five headings. The first, perceived seriousness of violence, indicated that one in three teachers and one in four students viewed violence in their schools a serious problem. The second, factors that influence behavior in school, revealed that teachers and students point to discipline in the home, student self-esteem, and peer acceptance as key factors. The third part, reasons for violence, showed that teachers and students cited the breakdown of the family and the prevalence of media violence, but that students placed more blame on peer influence, a factor most teacher rated very low. In the fourth section, solutions to violence, more than 80 percent of the teachers suggested classes for parents to improve parenting skills, smaller class sizes, stricter discipline, and family support services; students favored broader class choices, family support services, smaller class size, and student involvement in discipline problems. Finally, the section on responsibility for reducing violence, disclosed that most students placed responsibility for reducing violence on themselves and their parents; teachers felt that everyone was responsible for the task. Some results are provided in cross-tabulated data tables. (LL)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Attribution Theory, Class Size, Discipline, Family Programs, High School Students, High Schools, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, National Surveys, Parent Counseling, Peer Influence, Problem Solving, Secondary School Teachers, Self Concept, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Teacher Attitudes, Violence
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Honeywell, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.
Identifiers: Safe School Study