ERIC Number: EJ886495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
How Safe Are Our Schools?
Mayer, Matthew J.; Furlong, Michael J.
Educational Researcher, v39 n1 p16-26 2010
Schools are basically safe places for children. School violence and disruption, although in decline through the mid- to late 1990s, remains a concern. National surveys that inform research, policy, and practice have been designed for different purposes and can present conflicting findings. Common standards of risk and harm that could advance policy and practice are lacking. Progress in the field of school safety has been hindered by the lack of a coherent conceptual structure to guide measurement and research. This article identifies some of the conceptual and methodological challenges that must be addressed and calls for a 10-year national strategic plan to improve school safety. (Contains 3 figures.)
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, School Safety, National Surveys, Violence, Risk Management, Educational Policy, School Psychology, Student Behavior, Antisocial Behavior, Bullying, Aggression, Weapons, Behavior Problems, Trend Analysis, Juvenile Gangs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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