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NCJ Number: 170983 Find in a Library
Title: Violence in the Classroom: A Teacher's Perspective (From Schools, Violence, and Society, P 3-19, 1996, Allan M Hoffman, ed. - See NCJ-170982)
Author(s): M H Futrell
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This essay focuses on how teachers and students perceive violence in schools by addressing school violence as a strong impediment to educational reform and teacher and student perceptions of the school violence problem.
Abstract: The essay synthesizes three major reports on violence in schools: the 1993 National Education Goals Report, the 1993 Metropolitan Life Survey of the American Teacher, and a national crime victimization survey by the U.S. Department of Justice. The essay shows school violence has reached an untenable level in many communities. Many behaviors being acted out in classrooms are symptomatic of what is occurring in society. Strategies being implemented in many communities to "get tough" on school violence are necessary but insufficient. Efforts that address student developmental needs and problems must be introduced early in the educational experience. Children and youth need to understand they are ultimately responsible for their behavior and actions. Parents must work with school officials to deal with the rage and resentment of many students. Self-destructive behaviors and negative attitudes seen in a growing number of young people reflect the pandemic nature of violence in society. Factors that contribute to school violence are discussed, as well as victims and perpetrators of school violence. 27 notes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Crime in schools; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile educational services; National crime surveys; Problem behavior; Public schools; School security; Students; United States of America; Victimization surveys; Victims of violent crime; Violence causes; Violence prevention; Violent juvenile offenders
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