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ERIC Number: ED367592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Teachers' Opinions of the Security and Safety Climate in Chicago Public Schools at Cabrini-Green.
Spearman, David Lee
Chicago public elementary school students and teachers report a growing number of crimes and violent incidents on school property. This paper, which includes a lengthy literature review (14 pages), describes a study conducted to examine the opinions of one group of teachers regarding the safety and security climate in the school where they teach. A questionnaire entitled "Teachers' Safety and Security Perception in the Chicago Public Schools at Cabrini-Green" referred to as the "TSSP" was developed and administered to elementary school teachers (N=40) working in Cabrini-Green, a low-income high-rise Chicago Housing Authority project known for high statistics in violence and crime. The teachers were employed at the Sojourner Truth elementary school with a population of about 600 students. According to the data analysis, 94 percent of the sample feel safe in the school (it should be noted that participants work in a school with a full-time security staff); 53 percent have been victims of crime at school; and 58 percent report an increase in school security in the last 5 years. It is further indicated that more crimes take place in schools than are reported by teachers to either administrators or police. Since the majority of teachers have been victims of school-related crime, it is recommended that more dialogue take place with law enforcement officials and schools administrators to help make public schools safer. The paper includes a table of the responses to the TSSP. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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