ERIC Number: ED471557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-12
The Effects of School Safety on the Learning Environment of a Middle School.
Smith, Ida M.
This is a report of a study of safety issues at one urban middle school in New Jersey. The study had four objectives: (1) to identify the safety concerns of the staff and students of the school; (2) to determine effective strategies for improving safety; (3) to ascertain ways to implement strategies for improved safety; and (4) to determine ways to evaluate the strategies and decide their effectiveness. The study was based on the assumption that safety affects the learning environment. A purposive, nonrandom sampling of participants was used, and data were collected through a survey of 50 students, 25 staff members, and 3 administrators. The survey emphasized school safety with regard to hallways and common areas. Analysis shows that students, staff, and administrators agree on issues of safety concerns. The three groups of participants recommended improved hallway supervision and further study on bookbags. Strategies have been implemented to improve safety in the school. The study concludes, among other points, that safety issues in a school encompass the everyday activities that make up the learning environment, and that making schools safe is a joint responsibility that requires a broad-based team approach. (Contains 2 tables and 24 references.) (WFA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Author is a science teacher in the Pemberton Township School District.