ERIC Number: ED436535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Climate in Schools: Part I. Views of Disruptive and Violent Behavior in Middle and High Schools. Evaluation Brief.
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability Services/Research.
This evaluation brief examines several sources of data to show the areas and grade levels in which interventions related to at-risk behavior in public schools are most needed. The evaluation was part of an ongoing look at alternative learning programs in North Carolina. The sources of data include North Carolina's annual report on school violence for 1994-95, selected data from the 1995 North Carolina "Youth Risk Behavior Survey," and portions of the 1995 teacher end-of-grade and end-of-course surveys. Data show that teacher and administrator reports of increased school violence are consistent, and that violent and disruptive behaviors are more prevalent in middle school grades. The use of drugs and violent incidents with higher stakes are more prevalent in the high school grades. It also appears that incidents of several types of disruptive and violent behavior reported by students are higher than incidents known or reported by school officials. It is theorized that middle school violence may be higher because middle school students are in a developmental phase that results in higher levels of acting out, testing limits, and participating in relatively "low-stakes" incidents. It may also be that disruptive students drop out before they get to high school, or that middle school personnel have higher expectations and less tolerance of disruptive behaviors than high school teachers do. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability Services/Research.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: North Carolina End of Course Testing Program