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ERIC Number: ED410632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Pages: 12
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School Violence: Redirecting the Storm Chasers.
MacDonald, Irene
A study of junior high schools (MacDonald 1995) found that students and administrators held significantly different perceptions regarding the nature, extent, and management of violent behaviors. This paper presents findings of a study conducted 1 year later that more thoroughly examined students' perceptions of the effectiveness of current school practices designed to deal with violent behaviors. Focus-group interviews were conducted with students in grades 7, 8, and 9 from five K-9 schools in a western Canadian province. The general consensus among students was that school practices and policies were partially responsible for fostering a culture of meanness. The study concludes that a safe environment can exist when there is an ethic of caring. Staff should be committed to an ethic of caring and model the behaviors they expect of their students. Discipline, when necessary, should be regarded as an opportunity to teach students interpersonal skills, and policies should focus on prevention and rehabilitation. Discipline policies should not model intolerance, intimidation, and lack of reconciliation, and should deal with violence as a symptom of other issues (for example, boredom, frustration, alienation) using preventative strategies. Finally, the government should provide resources to deal with students' needs, which would help to counteract teachers' piecemeal response to complex issues that demand diagnosis, planning, evaluation, understanding, time, and money. (Contains 13 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada