ERIC Number: ED363012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Handbook on Gangs in Schools: Strategies To Reduce Gang-Related Activities.
Lal, Shirley R.; And Others
This handbook shares some practical and conceptual knowledge about gangs in schools and suggests some strategies for coping with gang problems in schools. A radical approach is proposed which advocates assimilating gangs into the fabric of daily school life. The strategies were derived from two formal studies conducted from 1982 to 1990 on Los Angeles school campuses. Data were collected from 100 incidental contacts and informal conversations, 64 structured interviews with students and adults, visits to 5 major campuses, and a review of current literature and research. Chapter 1 discusses the critical consequences of denial of the gang problem and outlines elements necessary for appropriate action. Chapter 2 discusses gang characteristics, mentality, the benefits of membership, an evolutionary process of becoming a gang member, and gang behaviors and activities. The third chapter describes the need for schools to establish a philosophy and action plan, create a support team, and conduct an ongoing evaluation of program operations. The preventive, positive, and proactive elements of a radical approach--including both immediate and gradual strategies--are outlined in the fourth chapter. The final chapter discusses the asocial and alluring nature of gangs, describes a process of assimilation, and suggests ways to develop and cultivate a positive leadership style. One table, a sample questionnaire, and a 10-item annotated bibliography are included. (Contains 28 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Behavior Standards, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Juvenile Gangs, School Safety, Youth Problems
Corwin Press Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320 ($15).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A