ERIC Number: ED437716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Focused Discussion...Peaceful Schools. By Request Series.
Fager, Jennifer; Boss, Suzie
This booklet is part of a series designed to give educators useful information as they build a sense of community. The text focuses on violence in schools and what stakeholders can do to address this complex problem. It establishes the context for assessing violence and the potential danger to students and educators. It describes violence as learned behavior that can be unlearned and emphasizes the importance of early interventions that teach positive life skills. It offers a profile of violent versus nonviolent children and argues for the importance of positive role models, self-esteem, a sense of hope, and other conditions that can help students address problems in a nonviolent manner. Unfortunately, many children are subject to poverty, domestic violence, and other factors that increase their chances for using force to resolve difficulties. Some of the warning signs for future violent behavior include aggressive outbursts for no reason, an inability to follow directions, poor grades, insensitivity toward others' feelings, alcohol consumption, and poor school performance. To help potentially violent students, schools can use existing programs to identify existing problems. A heightened sense of community, discipline, effective classroom management, conflict-resolution skills, mentoring programs, weapons education, and parent participation can help violence prevention. (Contains 31 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Prevention, Program Effectiveness, State Surveys, Student Behavior, Student Welfare, Violence
PREL Publications, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Ali'i Place, 25th Floor, 1099 Alakea Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. Tel: 808-441-1300; Fax: 808-441-1385; Web site: http://www.prel.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.; Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Note: This booklet is from the "By Request" publication series developed by Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. Adapted by Pacific Resources for Education and Learning.