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ERIC Number: ED402372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Pages: 31
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Steps toward Positive School Culture: Crisis Intervention with Teachers, Parents and Violent Youth.
Guggenbuhl, Allan
Although Switzerland is a small country, it has a highly diverse population, and with that diversity has come the potential for violence in the schools. In the last 2 or 3 years, school violence has become a major issue in Swiss education. This paper involves an intervention undertaken by specially trained school psychologists to reduce violence in targeted schools. The intervention begins with a conference with the teacher and evaluation of class problems. The teacher must agree to make at least one teaching change as evidence of the desire to cooperate with the intervention. A parents' meeting is then held, and parents also must agree to cooperate in the intervention. They are asked to talk to the students about violence and related issues. Intervention with the students follows, and the core of the intervention is a "mythodrama" presentation, in which students are told stories that relate to violence themes, but which have no resolution presented by the psychologists. Students are asked to imagine their own endings, and these student-generated ideas are explored to yield insight into class dynamics. Students are then asked to work to improve behavior according to plans they formulate. Followup work with the teacher, and a later class session with the students, complete the intervention. Research into the response of 120 children has determined that 66% of all students believed that their capacity to resolve problems increased because of the intervention, and 49% thought that the school atmosphere had changed for the better. The psychologists try to use the energy that had been expressed in violence in a positive way. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland