ERIC Number: ED446344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Profiling Students for Violence. ERIC Digest Number 139.
This digest discusses student profiling and describes strategies for reducing the risk of violence in schools. "Student profiling" refers to a process in which checklists of behaviors and personal characteristics associated with youth who have perpetrated violence are used to determine a student's potential for future violence. A central concern over the profiling of students is whether school personnel should attempt to make predictions about an individual student's propensity for violence. U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley opposes behavioral profiling by schools and believes that creating a caring environment is a better way to prevent violence. Those who support profiling argue that keeping schools safe warrants extreme measures such as profiling. However, the question remains whether profiling is reliable. Some experts contend that teachers, because they observe students on a daily basis, are reliable sources of information about students. Such observations become even more important in the absence of a standard set of indicators that identify troubled students. Some questions raised by student profiling include the risk of misidentifying a student as potentially violent and the profiler's qualifications. Other violence-prevention measures available to schools include investing in emotional and social learning, using incident profiling rather than student profiling, and performing functional assessments. (Contains 12 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Early Intervention, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Prevention, Profiles, School Security, Student Behavior, Violence
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.