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ERIC Number: EJ979616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1532-8759
Urban Students' Perceptions of the School Environment's Influence on School Violence
Johnson, Sarah Lindstrom; Burke, Jessica Griffin; Gielen, Andrea Carlson
Children & Schools, v34 n2 p92-102 Apr 2012
This article provides information about aspects of the school environment students perceive to influence the occurrence of school violence. Concept mapping, a mixed-methods methodology, was used with two groups of urban, primarily African American high school students (N = 27) to create conceptual frameworks of their understanding of the school social and physical environment's influence on school violence. Each group of students identified over 50 different ways they perceived that their school environment contributed to school violence. These ideas were categorized into six main topics: student behaviors, norms of behavior, relationships with school staff, learning environment, school safety, and neighborhood environment. Students' perceptions supported the current conceptualization of the role of the school environment in school violence. However, this study supplements the current literature by identifying school-level aspects of the social and physical environment that contribute to students perceptions of the safety of their school. At this level, differences were seen between the two school environments, indicating a need for intervention tailoring.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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