ERIC Number: ED389902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Students in Danger: Gender-Based Violence in Our Schools.
Equity Issues, v2 n1 Win 1996
This newsletter examines the causes, consequences, and prevention of gender-based violence. First, gender-based violence is defined and common examples are presented. Discussed next are the following factors associated with gender-based violence: the culture continually reinforces the notions of male aggressiveness/power/dominance and female passivity/weakness/submissiveness; research indicates that males tend to be more violent than females; gender-based violence often results from expression of emotions in inappropriate ways; and increasingly violent role models reinforce gender-based violence. The role of education/schools in promoting and reinforcing gender-based violence is examined along with the following consequences of gender-based violence: diminished education, increased isolation, loss of self-esteem, vulnerability at work, and generational impact. Listed next are five key concepts to include in training for teachers and other staff regarding legal and trust/safety issues related to gender-based violence. Nine actions that schools/teachers can take to combat gender-based violence (including exhibiting/expecting mutually respectful nonviolent behavior, using gender-neutral language and nonsexist instructional materials, assigning chores/duties without regard to sex, discussing gender-based violence with students, and creating an environment ensuring confidentiality and nonjudgment) are discussed. Also included are research findings regarding sexual harassment and homophobic, date, and domestic violence. Contains 18 references. (MN)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Sex Equity.