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NCJ Number: 51386 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: SCHOOL CRIME AND DISRUPTION
Corporate Author: Responsible Action
United States of America
Editor(s): E WENK; N HARLOW
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 238
Sponsoring Agency: Responsible Action
Davis, CA 95616
Superintendent of Documents, GPO
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US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Washington, DC 20203
Contract Number: NIE-P-77-0193
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America

Responsible Action
P.O. Box 924
Davis, CA 95616
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS ANTHOLOGY CONSIDERS ISSUES RELATED TO SCHOOL CRIME, ITS CAUSES, AND ITS PROBABLE SOLUTIONS. THE PAPERS FOCUS ON PRACTICAL APPROACHES TO SCHOOL CRIME PREVENTION AND CONTROL.
Abstract: THE COLLECTION BEGINS WITH TWO PAPERS DESCRIBING APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF CRIME IN SCHOOLS. A STRATEGY FOR BASING PREVENTION PROGRAMS ON THE FINDINGS OF RESEARCH TAILORED TO PARTICULAR SCHOOLS IS OUTLINED, AND A MODEL OF THE HIGH SCHOOLS' SOCIAL ORGANIZATION IS PRESENTED OFFERING A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR STUDYING AND PREVENTING SCHOOL CRIME. THE SECOND CATEGORY OF PAPERS SUGGESTS COHERENT THEORIES OF CAUSATION AND PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS FOR ALTERING CONDITIONS IN SCHOOLS AND SOCIETY WHICH CONTRIBUTE TO SCHOOL CRIME. ONE AUTHOR CONCLUDES THAT DELINQUENT BEHAVIOR IN SCHOOL IS GENERATED BY NEGATIVE SCHOOL EXPERIENCES AND RESULTING LOW SELF-ESTEEM. CHARACTERISTICS OF AN ALTERNATE SCHOOL PROGRAM DESIGNED TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH POSITIVE EXPERIENCES ARE IDENTIFIED. STUDY FINDINGS ON THE AESTHETICS OF VANDALISM, OR THE FACTORS WHICH MAKE VANDALISM ENJOYABLE, ARE PRESENTED; AND CHANGES IN DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, AND SCHOOL RESPONSE ARE RECOMMENDED FOR REDUCING INCENTIVES TO VANDALISM. THE LACK OF MEANINGFUL ROLES FOR YOUTH IN SOCIETY IS DISCUSSED ALSO AS A CAUSAL FACTOR IN SCHOOL CRIME, AND THE AUTHOR RECOMMENDS IMAGINATIVE WAYS OF DIVERTING CHILDREN THROUGH COMMUNITY-BENEFICIAL ACTIVITIES. THE EFFECTS OF VARIOUS SOURCES OF SOCIAL POWER ON CHILDREN ARE CONSIDERED, AND IT IS SUGGESTED THAT STUDENTS ATTACK THE SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY CANNOT DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH THEIR ROLE IN SOCIETY. THE EFFECTS OF LABELING ON STUDENTS AND THE BENEFITS OF INCREASING LINKS BETWEEN SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES ARE DISCUSSED. THE FINAL CATEGORY OF PAPERS CONCENTRATES ON SPECIFIC PROGRAMS OR ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN TO REDUCE SCHOOL CRIME. THESE INCLUDE HUMAN RELATIONS TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR HEIGHTENING AWARENESS OF RACIAL BIASES IN TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS, SCHOOL GOVERNANCE MODELS DISPERSING EDUCATIONAL DECISIONMAKING THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY, SMALLER SCHOOLS, TECHNIQUES FOR NEGOTIATING SCHOOL CONFLICTS, AND PROGRAMS FOR TRAINING SPECIALISTS TO WORK WITH DISRUPTIVE STUDENTS. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--DAG)
Index Term(s): Deviance; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juveniles; School security; School vandalism; Youth (Under 15)
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