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ERIC Number: ED521052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 272
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-0267-9
You Can Hide, Watch or Run but You Better Not Snitch: A Study of Student Perceptions of School Safety at an Urban High School
Carbino, Vince
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of California, Irvine and California State University, Los Angeles
This study addressed the gaps in the research about how schools are made safe for children. It brings students' perspectives forward to describe how they are experiencing school policies and procedures, programs, and practices regarding their safety. The incidence of criminal activity in school has been on the increase and there have been major incidents that have received media coverage. The carnage has had an effect on our society and led families, schools and education authorities, and the government to seek improvement in school security measures. While most of the research on school safety focuses on the viewpoint of safety experts, police officers, school and district officials, and parents, little research describes student perceptions of school safety programs. The purpose of this research is to provide a context in which students describe what makes a school safe as well as the ways they perceive the effectiveness of school safety programs. First the study determined the school safety programs in use through a survey of 65 students. Next, students' and faculty perceptions of school safety programs and their experiences and feelings regarding their safety at school were collected from interviewing ten students and ten faculty members. Finally, the procedures and practices that were part of the school's safety programs were evaluated for their effectiveness. The themes that emerged from the data included: (a) students had developed two safety strategies to deal with threats at school and in their community that were not known by faculty, (b) the common attribute of successful programs was collaborative communication with the adults, (c) social constructions that led to the perceptions of school safety programs and their implementation were influenced by prior personal schooling experiences, (d) top down legislative policy implementations were not identified as successful by students. This study's findings suggest that schools should be empowered to develop their own safety plans. Funding for schools should be based upon their unique community needs. School safety plans should be created collaboratively and involve students and faculty. This would eliminate the misalignment of school safety programs that do not meet the needs of students and faculty. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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