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ERIC Number: ED517079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 105
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-2668-8
School Violence Prevention: Climate and Moral Perspectives of Sixth through Eighth Grade Students Attending a Southern California Catholic School
Gomez, Diane Diaz
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara
The need for U.S. teachers to better understand School Violence Prevention is growing. Evidence suggests however, that 10 years and 10 billion dollars after the Columbine High School massacre, our public schools are not safer ( There has been an "after the fact" approach to the problem of school violence. After an "incident," law enforcement is called: fences are raised: security is heightened: there is public outcry: but a few days later, school life resumes. Repeatedly, though, the literature review on school violence said that prevention is key, to successfully addressing it. In 85% of school shootings, kids know something big was about to happen; yet this information did not get to the adults on campus. The present case study takes an "insider" position: we need to learn from kids what their perspectives are on the issue of school violence prevention. In an attempt to explore whether certain school climates, in this case a moral environment, are less likely to be the settings of school violence, this study explored the experiences and perceptions of 6th through 8th grade Catholic school students attending a school in Southern California. A variety of surveys were used to elicit these students' ideas about their schooling environment where there have been no known incidents of lethal violence [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California