ERIC Number: ED471868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
A Closer Look at Drug and Violence Prevention Efforts in American Schools: Report on the Study on School Violence and Prevention.
Cantor, David; Crosse, Scott; Hagen, Carol A.; Mason, Michael J.; Siler, Amy J.; von Glatz, Adrienne
This paper looks at what schools are doing to promote school safety. It is organized in four areas: (1) extent of problem behavior in schools, including the types of victimization experienced by students and teachers, and how students and teachers perceive the safety of their schools; (2) efforts used by schools to prevent problem behavior and the quality of their implementation; (3) planning processes used by schools and districts for prevention activities and the use of information in doing so; and (4) results of efforts to compare schools that differed on the extent of problem behaviors. The information for the report came from a purposive sample of 40 public schools (20 middle schools and 20 high schools). Researchers collected a combination of quantitative and qualitative information. The results indicate that the vast majority of schools had relatively low levels of serious crime (aggravated assault, weapons violations, and robbery). While fighting did occur and the presence of weapons was not unheard of, the combination of the two was rarely seen in the same school. Theft was much more common than robbery, and while teachers may have been verbally abused, they rarely were attacked or threatened with a weapon. Fear of disorder did not seem to interfere with learning. (Contains 15 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Assessment, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Illegal Drug Use, Prevention, School Safety, School Security, Social Influences, Violence
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: Gottfredson Associates, Inc., Ellicott City, MD.; Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Note: In: Wide Scope, Questionable Quality: Three Reports from the Study on School Violence and Prevention; see EA 032 191.