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ERIC Number: ED555258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-6
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
School District Officials' and City Stakeholders' Perceptions Regarding School Violence and Ways to Prevent School Violence
Patterson, Rita Mabon; Maldonado, Nancy; Howe, Mary
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Mid-South Educational Research (MSERA) conference (Knoxville, TN, Nov 6, 2014)
Violence is a problem that affects the family structure, schools, and communities. Although some violence takes place behind closed doors, the effects are devastating to society and the community. The overwhelming results are seen with the increase of visits to abuse shelters and emergency rooms. Domestic violence in households tends to continue over long periods of time with the occurrences increasing in duration and severity. The theoretical framework for this study drew from Bronfenbrenner's ecological. This case study investigated the perceptions of school district officials: the chief of school safety; the gang awareness/intervention coordinator; hearing officers; middle and high school police officers; and elementary, middle, and high school administrators. This study also investigated the perceptions of city stakeholders: the local police director, police officers, a member of the crime commission, a program manager for the Detention Services Bureau for Juvenile Court, a community gang activist, and the city mayor about the causes of acts of violence happening in this city and their plans to provide citizens with a safer environment. Open-ended interview questions were recorded and transcribed verbatim. Inductive analysis was used to discover themes. Key findings of the larger study included causes of violence in schools, what can be done to address violence in schools, programs in place to help curb the violence in schools, causes of violence in communities, programs in place to help curb violence in the communities, violence in homes, and programs in place to help curb violence in homes. For the purposes of this paper, causes of violence in schools and what can be done to address violence in schools will be discussed.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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