ERIC Number: ED435063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Crime in the Schools: Reducing Conflict with Student Problem Solving. Research in Brief.
Kenney, Dennis Jay; Watson, Steuart
This article discusses a project that investigated a student-based problem-solving model for reducing crime in the nation's schools. A quasi-experimental research design was employed that captured data in three waves from more than 450 students attending 11th grade social studies classes in two schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Public Schools during the 1994-1995 school year. Specific changes were expected in the actual rates of crime and violence; in the overall fear among students, teachers and staff; and in the overall attitudes of participants. Anticipated impacts related to teacher feelings of safety, evaluation of the school and educational environment, and subsequent effects on student performance and the willingness to accept responsibility for one's community were examined. Project data revealed that the most significant school problems may not be those expected. Although gangs, drugs, and armed agitators may receive the most attention, most of the conflicts during this project concerned everyday school interactions. Data indicates students desire a safer, more orderly school environment. (Author/MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.