ERIC Number: ED390124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Hidden Casualties: The Relationship between Violence and Learning.
Prothrow-Stith, Deborah; Quaday, Sher
Streamlined Seminar, v14 n2 Dec 1995
Children's exposure to violence can potentially impede all stages of their development. This bulletin discusses why abused children have difficulty learning and the impact of growing up in violent surroundings and unsafe neighborhoods. It identifies the risk factors of violence, as well as the following key factors that contribute to a child's ability to overcome the effects of a dangerous environment: (1) having access to an educational environment that promotes constructive coping skills and helps children understand how they can actively participate and achieve in life; (2) learning an active coping style that allows them to become involved in activities and positive relationships; (3) achieving an adequate level of self-confidence and self-esteem and a sufficient level of cognitive competence; and (4) engaging in a strong, caring relationship with an adult who models positive social behavior. Learning itself can also be a tool for violence prevention. The basic charge to schools is to provide all children with an academically sound education in a safe environment: to develop school-community partnerships, promote parent participation in school decision making, and offer an array of programs such as job training, adult education courses, family counseling services, or recreational programs. (LMI)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Welfare, Coping, Disadvantaged Environment, Early Intervention, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Response, Family School Relationship, High Risk Students, School Community Relationship, School Role, School Security, Social Services, Violence
Educational Products, NAESP, 1615 Duke street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3483 ($2.50; $2 each on orders of 10 or more; Virginia residents add 4.5 percent sales tax; checks payable to NAESP must accompany order).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.
Note: For a different version of this document, see PS 023 850.