ERIC Number: ED428445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Preventing School Violence: A Review of the Literature.
Jones, Connie A.
This report reviews the research on violence in public schools in the U.S. Recent books and articles were analyzed to determine the extent of the problem so as to identify motives that lead students to commit acts of violence, and to survey various types of programs designed to prevent violence. Results show that violent acts occur in over half of public schools in the U.S. These incidences occur most often in urban schools but they also happen in rural schools. The data available on violence are generally obtained through self-reporting data, and often statistics are not kept in a precise way, making it difficult to determine the exact number of violent incidences each year. Despite this lack of precision, a variety of program and strategies have been designed to prevent violence in the schools. There are curricular programs that involve character education or conflict mediation; programs that encourage students to feel connected to a responsible adult; and zero-tolerance policies and schools that require students to wear uniforms. Steps are identified that can help schools design a program that will meet their specific needs. Starting early in socializing children is deemed important. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (27th, New Orleans, LA, November 4-6, 1998).