ERIC Number: ED370067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Preventing Violence in Our Schools.
Lockwood, Anne Turnbaugh
Research and the Classroom, n3 Spr 1993
The incidence of school violence has increased in recent years. In response to the escalation, Deborah Prothrow-Stith developed a violence prevention curriculum to be taught in high schools; it has also been used in middle schools. The first section of this journal issue's report, "Confronting an Epidemic" offers details of Prothrow-Stith's program, the goal of which is to teach students anger management and good conflict-resolution skills. The program is 10 sessions in length, each session designed to last 1 class period. The sessions involve discussions on violence in America compared to other countries and how friend and family violence are a major part of the problem. The issue of fighting receives special attention and is the climax of the curriculum. The evidence of success of the curriculum lies in the anecdotal stories from teachers and principals who report fewer fighting incidents in the schools. The second article in this report, "A Little Window of Hope" describes a program implemented in a Boston high school by Anne Bishop with the assistance of Prothrow-Stith. Teaching peaceful conflict resolution is viewed as only one aspect of a peaceful society; all levels of society must be permeated. Students are shown homicide statistics and asked to share their points of view on fighting and violence in society. Rather than a pencil-and-worksheet approach to violence students are divided into groups and participate in role-playing activities. They identify the crucial points where a conflict can either lead to violence or be settled peacefully. The curriculum is designed to be taught by different methods and schools may make adjustments according to grade level and preferences of the administration. (BF)
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Curriculum Development, Delinquency Prevention, Interpersonal Communication, Peace, Problem Solving, School Security, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Violence
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Educational Research, Madison. National Center for Effective Schools.