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Preventing Violence in Schools : A Challenge To American Democracy - Joan N. Burstyn

Preventing Violence in Schools

A Challenge To American Democracy

Paperback Published: 1st April 2001
ISBN: 9780805837346
Number Of Pages: 264

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School violence is a burning issue these days. This book provides an in-depth analysis of violence prevention programs and an assessment of their effectiveness, using data from observations, individual interviews, and focus groups, as well as published data from the schools. It is distinguished by its focus on the cultural and structural context of school violence and violence prevention efforts. Where most other researchers use quantitative measures, such as surveys, to assess the effectiveness of violence prevention programs, the authors of this book use qualitative research and ethnography to study the environment where such programs take place. Thus, this work--one of only a few ethnographic studies of violence prevention programs in schools--links previous quantitative research on the topic and critical ethnography. "Preventing Violence in Schools: A Challenge to American Democracy":
*includes voices of school students, accused of practicing violence, who have been participants in violence prevention programs;
*analyzes a citywide peer mediation program (who benefits and who does not, who is mediated and who mediates, and what the implications of these findings may be);
*examines the kinds of violence recognized in schools and the ways schools themselves may perpetuate violence; and
*describes a violence prevention program for students at an alternative school.
"Preventing Violence in Schools: A Challenge to American Democracy" is highly relevant for students in courses on urban education, foundations of education, education and social policy, youth and the law, and qualitative research, and for teachers, administrators, and other professionals, such as school psychologists and guidance counselors, at the middle and high school levels.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Violence and Its Prevention: A Challenge for Schoolsp. 1
The Social Context of Violence in Schools
What Is Violent About "School Violence"? The Nature of Violence in a City High Schoolp. 15
The Importance of Ethnography in Understanding Violence in Schoolsp. 47
Resisting Dominance? The Study of a Marginalized Masculinity and Its Construction Within High School Wallsp. 61
Someone Is Screamingp. 79
"Frontin' It": Schooling, Violence, and Relationships in the 'Hoodp. 95
Interrupting "Good" Girlness: Sexuality, Education, and the Prevention of Violence Against Womenp. 109
Appraising Strategies to Counter School Violence
Involving the Whole School in Violence Preventionp. 139
The Cultural Foundations of Peer Mediation: Beyond a Behaviorist Model of Urban School Conflictp. 159
Peer Mediation: An Examination of a School District's Training Program for Educatorsp. 181
What Derails Peer Mediation?p. 199
Reaching Troubled Teens Through a Literacy Tutoring Projectp. 209
The Challenge for Schools: To Prevent Violence While Nurturing Democracyp. 225
Authorsp. 235
Author Indexp. 237
Subject Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780805837346
ISBN-10: 0805837345
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st April 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1

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