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ERIC Number: EJ868697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
How Safe Are Our Teachers?
Younghusband, Lynda
Education Canada, v49 n3 p48-50 Sum 2009
In this article, the author discusses a study she conducted in Newfoundland to determine the level of abuse and/or violence experienced by teachers, the nature of that abuse/violence, its personal impact, and whether Newfoundland teachers feel safe in their workplaces. The experiences presented are those of a focus group of eight teachers, face-to-face interviews with 23 teachers across the island, and more than 300 teachers who answered a lengthy questionnaire that was mailed to 1,000 randomly selected teachers from K-12. The data collected from all three sources portrayed a picture of teachers who often face abusive language, harassment, threats, and the possibility of physical violence at their workplaces and sometimes at home. Teachers in this study perceived a systemic failure to recognize this problem and to address it adequately. It is both noteworthy and a source of concern that female teachers represented a higher percentage of the respondents in every category on the questionnaire. Teachers reported that most incidents occurred in the classroom but that school corridors and school grounds were often the scene of abuse/violence as well. Abusive phone calls were received at home by many of the respondents on both the surveys and in the interviews. In some cases, they reported damage to their home and/or property. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada