ERIC Number: EJ919079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
Reported Occurrence and Perceptions of Violence in Middle and High Schools
Algozzine, Bob; McGee, Jennifer R.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v84 n3 p91-97 2011
The purpose of this study was to document and compare rates of reported and perceived crime and violence within schools. With highly publicized acts of school violence prevalent in the minds of the American public, there is a perception that schools are unsafe. Reports of school crime and violence from teachers, administrators, and students differ in severity and in nature from what is perceived by the public. Few studies are available on the frequency of these or other types of reported violence or the relationship between actual and perceived violence in schools. Extant data on reported violence in schools from the database of North Carolina were analyzed and compared to data reflecting perceptions of violence. The public perceptions of the types of school crime and violent acts differed greatly from actual occurrences reported by school administrators. Limitations and implications for research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Violence, Crime, Middle Schools, High Schools, Incidence, Attitude Measures, Adolescents, Bullying, Aggression, Sexual Abuse, Attendance Patterns, Public Opinion, Substance Abuse, Weapons, Homicide, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina