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ERIC Number: ED567133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
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Towards Understanding Different Faces of School Violence in Different "Worlds" of One Country
Jacobs, Lynette
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (11th, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, May 14-17, 2013)
The legacy of South Africa's destructive history is still evident in the different worlds in which South Africans live. Quality education is compromised by violence occurring in schools and role-players must face school violence and take steps to deal with it. This can only be done if school violence is deeply understood within the various school contexts of a diverse country such as South Africa. Towards this insight a survey was conducted in 11 secondary schools from 3 provinces. The aim of this study was to understand school violence through the experiences of learners as victims and onlookers, taking into account various contextual factors within which the South African school system functions. An international questionnaire, adapted for the South African context, was administered to a non-probability sample of 690 learners. Results refute stereotypical thinking about so-called vulnerable schools, but confirm findings from other studies that large schools, in particular, are susceptible to school violence. The study indicated that both learners and staff members alike are guilty of school violence. A bibliography is included. [For complete volume, see ED567118.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa