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ERIC Number: ED431842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Peaceful Schools. By Request Series.
Fager, Jennifer; Boss, Suzie
This booklet is part of a series of reports on "hot topics" in education. It presents information intended to cut through the hype and hysteria that often surrounds the subject of school violence. The booklet offers an overview of current research on school violence prevention, outlines some practical ideas for use in the classroom, and takes a look at what some schools in the northwestern United States are doing to address this serious issue. Although schools are actually among the safest places young people congregate, more than half of U.S. schools experienced some crime during the 1996-97 school year, and 1 in 10 reported a serious violent crime. Two themes emerge from the literature that should be of special interest to educators. One is that violence is a learned behavior and can be unlearned. The other is that early intervention that teaches positive life skills may be the best hope of preventing violent behavior. Some warning signs of school violence and some ways to implement violence prevention programs are outlined. Descriptions of eight school or district programs in the northwestern United States, some of which are in urban areas, are provided. Two appendixes discuss purchasing a violence prevention program and things students can do to stop school violence. (Contains 31 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.