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NCJ Number: 221544 Find in a Library
Title: Educators as Perpetrators and Victims of School Violence
Journal: Acta Criminologica  Volume:20  Issue:2  Dated:2007  Pages:10-42
Author(s): C. de Wet
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 33
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: South Africa
Annotation: This article reports on an investigation on the exposure of Free State educators to school violence in South Africa.
Abstract: The study provides ample evidence that Free State educators are victims and perpetrators of school violence. In addition, it was found that females and younger educators were more often the victims of most types of school violence than their male and older colleagues. The qualitative data revealed the underlying reasons for educator-centered violence, as well as the gendered nature of the violence. The overall pattern of learner-on-educator violence is that educators are more likely to be victims of non-physical than physical violence. Based on the most important findings from the study, several recommendations are offered, such as schools should have a clear and consistently enforced discipline policy, schools should be aware of their relative vulnerability to violence, and the school, as well as educator training curriculums should address gender issues. A reading of newspaper articles paints a grim picture of school violence in South Africa. However, the majority of studies on school violence in South Africa focus on learners as perpetrators and victims of school violence. This study attempted to answer the questions of what were Free State educators’ experiences and perceptions of educators as victims and perpetrators of school violence and what was the possible influence of gender and age on the victimization of educators? References and appendix
Main Term(s): Crime in schools
Index Term(s): Crimes against teachers; Educators; Students; Victimization; Victimization risk
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