ERIC Number: EJ1081130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Safety and Security in Schools in KwaZulu-Natal
White, C. J.; Gina, J. M.; Coetzee, I. E. M.
Educational Studies, v41 n5 p551-564 2015
This article is based on research conducted on the topic: "Safety and security in schools: The case of KwaZulu-Natal." For the research project a purposive sample consisting of secondary school learners, teachers, school governing body chairpersons and principals were selected from the rural and township schools used in this study to explore the views of respondents about the state of safety and security in their school environments. The research was grounded in the social interpretive tradition, using an ethnographic research design, with one-on-one and focus group interviews. Data were analysed using critical discourse analysis to construct the main theme: namely, safety within schools. The findings indicated that learners and teachers are not safe in their schools. Lack of safety and security is characterised by the vulnerability of schools with regard to issues such as fighting, violent murders, sexual harassment, stabbings, the use of derogatory language and threats. It is argued that there is an urgent need to address the concerns of the participants.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Safety, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Governance, Principals, Ethnography, Focus Groups, Interviews, Discourse Analysis, Sexual Harassment, Aggression, Violence, Libel and Slander, Bullying, Drug Abuse, School Policy, Partnerships in Education, Police School Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa