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ERIC Number: EJ810528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0924-3453
Response of School Personnel to Student Threat Assessment Training
Allen, Korrie; Cornell, Dewey; Lorek, Edward; Sheras, Peter
School Effectiveness and School Improvement, v19 n3 p319-332 Sep 2008
School safety has become an important area of concern for school improvement. This study examined the effects of staff training as means of improving school responses to student threats of violence. A multidisciplinary sample of 351 staff from 2 school divisions completed pre-post training surveys as part of a 1-day training program using the "Guidelines for Responding to Student Threats of Violence" (Cornell & Sheras, 2006). Analysis of pre-post surveys found large changes in staff attitudes toward school safety and violence prevention efforts. There was a substantial decrease in concerns about school homicide and increased awareness of effective violence prevention efforts. There was a drop in support for zero tolerance and profiling approaches, along with increased knowledge of threat assessment principles and concepts. These changes were sustained across school divisions serving a challenging urban population and a more affluent, suburban population. Similar effects were found across all school personnel. These findings demonstrate the viability of training staff in a student threat assessment approach. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia