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ERIC Number: ED426450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Navigating towards a Safe and Caring School.
MacDonald, Irene
With the advent of site-based management, principals must respond to growing pressures to provide students and staff with a safe teaching and learning environment. This paper examines junior-high school principals' understanding of violence. The paper focuses on the context of violence within the principals' schools, the factors that influenced strategies to address violence, the processes involved in making such decisions, and the perceived effectiveness of practices and programs aimed at violent behaviors in their schools. The report positions violence-prevention strategies within the larger context of leadership and school effectiveness by considering the role that assumptions, values, and perceptions play in decisions regarding school violence. For the study, principals (N=12) from a large urban district in Western Canada, who were selected due to their involvement in school-violence-prevention initiatives, were given semistructured interviews. Findings show that the principals described violence in broad terms, conceptualizing it as a symptom of other problems that were often under the direct control of schools. The principals saw violence as arising from other problems and viewed discipline as an opportunity to teach students interpersonal skills. A definition of violence was derived from their views. (Contains 42 references.) RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada