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ERIC Number: EJ724963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1532-8759
Constructing Nonviolent Cultures in Schools: The State of the Science
Erickson, Christina L.; Mattaini, Mark A.; McGuire, Melissa S.
Children & Schools, v26 n2 p102-116 2004
Youth violence is widely recognized as a critical problem in the United States, and many approaches to prevention and intervention have been developed in recent years. Although children are safer in school than anywhere else, school violence remains a serious concern, and schools have proven to be among the most accessible nexuses for prevention efforts. Analyses by the U.S. surgeon general and other scholars indicate that the most effective and sustainable programs focus on school culture or climate. The emerging evidence suggests that constructing cultures incompatible with violence and threat, as opposed to curricular add-ons or narrow skills-training approaches, should be the preferred approach for preventive efforts. This article reviews the current state of knowledge in this area and offers guidance for social workers, educators, and community members interested in designing and implementing such programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Support Staff; Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States