ERIC Number: ED155826
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
The Human Ecology of School Crime.
One of 52 theoretical papers on school crime and its relation to poverty, this chapter examines the human ecology of school crime. It explores the relationship between the structure of the school as a social system and the dynamics of student and staff behavior. The central thesis is that schools become "out of control" when they are large and serve academically marginal or socially alienated students. The potency of the school as a support system for prosocial behavior is examined in the light of evidence linking school size to depersonalization of student-staff relationships, a shift toward impersonal methods of social control, and noncontingent feedback on both prosocial and antisocial behavior. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Consolidated Schools, Delinquent Behavior, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Extracurricular Activities, School Responsibility, School Size, School Vandalism, Small Schools, Social Structure, Student Participation, Student School Relationship, Student Teacher Relationship
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Hackensack, NJ. NewGate Resource Center.
Note: Chapter 11 of "Theoretical Perspectives on School Crime, Volume I"; For other papers in this volume, see EA 010 729-768