ERIC Number: ED394907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-27
The Enemy Within: A National Study on School Violence and Prevention.
Petersen, George J.; And Others
This study investigated teacher, district and site administrators' perceptions of school violence and violence prevention programs in 15 school districts of various sizes at all educational levels in 12 states representing all geographical regions of the United States. A 162-item survey was administered to 202 teachers, 59 building administrators, 18 district administrators, and 2 school counselors. The study focused on: (1) school personnel's fears about violence; (2) frequency of school personnel as victims of violent actions over the past two years; (3) areas in the school environment which posed the greatest risk of violence for students or school personnel; (4) perceived causes of violence; (5) profiles of typical victims and perpetrators of violence; (6) strategies implemented by schools to deal with violence; (7) perceptions regarding which strategies were considered to be the most and least effective in dealing with violence; and (8) the cost to school districts of violence prevention. Among the results was the following: 27 percent of respondents were concerned, or very concerned, about their personal safety while at school, particularly from verbal attacks or physical threats of violence by students and/or the students' parents. The greatest concerns for physical threats were in the mid-sized or large districts. The study concludes by providing a suggested plan of action to remediate and reduce violence in schools. Contains one table of demographics, four tables of results and 33 references. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, High School Students, Junior High School Students, National Surveys, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Prevention, Principals, School District Size, School Districts, School Security, Secondary School Teachers, Student Characteristics, Teacher Attitudes, Violence
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (76th, St. Louis, MO, February 24-28, 1996).