ERIC Number: ED436515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Warnings from the Field: A Study of Perceptions of Violence of Middle School Students, Middle School Preservice Teachers, Middle School Practicing Teachers, High School Students, High School Preservice Teachers, High School Practicing Teachers.
Young, Barbara N.; Craig, Dorothy V.
This study examined the perceptions of violence held by preservice teachers, practicing teachers, and students at the middle school and high school levels. A total of 340 participants from five schools and a teacher training university completed a survey. Researchers divided the groups of participants into two main groups labeled school (middle school perceptions and high school perceptions). They divided the two main groups into three subgroups labeled status (students, preservice teachers, and practicing teachers). The survey asked specific and general questions regarding respondents' perceptions of violence and examined whether those perceptions of school violence changed significantly according to school, status, or an interaction between school and status. Data analysis indicated that middle school respondents perceived violence as being more prevalent within their environment than did high school respondents. Preservice teachers had the highest perception of violence; practicing teachers had a somewhat lower perception of violence; and students had the lowest perception of violence. There was no significant difference between the interactions of school and status in the perceptions of school violence. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; 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 (Point Clear, AL, November 17-19, 1999).