ERIC Number: ED466820
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
School Safety Study: Phase I.
This report summarizes findings from a study concerned with Arizona school safety. The survey component highlights safety-related policy information across 300 schools; the interview component highlights school-safety perceptions of 64 staff across 16 schools. Various policies and programs that respond to internal and external threats to school safety include visitor sign-ins, printed codes of conduct for students and parents to increase awareness pertaining to discipline, and education in prevention and behavior modification intervention. Survey respondents had concerns about their inability to prevent the influence of community factors on school safety such as the relationship between domestic abuse and negative family reinforcements and subsequent student bullying; the effect of parental attitudes, such as apathy, on student attitudes and subsequent behavior; and the negative impact of community crime on student violence. However, respondents also recognized that there is more that they can do, such as teaching conflict resolution and peer mediation; improving collaboration with agencies such as law enforcement, Child Protective Services, and health services; and increasing communication, enforcing discipline consistently, and strengthening leadership at various staff levels to promote discipline efforts. Appendices contain the school-safety survey, interview sample matrix, table of interviewees, and interview protocols. (RT)
Descriptors: Bullying, Community Influence, Conflict Resolution, Crime, Crisis Management, Elementary Secondary Education, Intervention, Peer Mediation, Police School Relationship, Prevention, School Safety, School Security, School Surveys, Violence
Research and Policy Division, Arizona Department of Education, 1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin 16, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Tel: 602-542-5151; Fax: 602-364-0887; Web site: http://www.ade.az.gov/researchpolicy/. For full text: http://ade.state.az.ua/health-safety/health/schoolsaftey/schoolsafety.asp.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix. Research and Policy Div.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona