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The exposure of children to violence at school is a major concern for educators everywhere and a frequent topic of discussion in the media. Written by experts in research, practice, and training in the field, this timely text proposes a whole-school approach to reduce the impact of violence on children's development. The authors take into account: Personal characteristics of perpetrators, victims, and bystanders A school’s culture The quality of a school’s learning environment Links between the school and the communityThe whole school approach includes a wide range of formal and informal initiatives to improve the quality of life at school. Managing Violence in Schools covers preventive methods and provisions for students' individual needs. Readers will also find strategies for strengthening school culture, such as peer support, cooperative group work, and restorative practice. This resource also provides guidance for implementing a needs analysis, formulating a cycle of change for handling bullying and violence, and creating a shared understanding of the issue. Each strategy for preventive and integrative practice is illustrated with real-life case studies and relevant experiential exercises.

Understanding School Violence
Understanding school violence
Objectives
  • To help participants become aware of a multiplicity of definitions of school violence from a range of perspectives.
  • To consider how a variety of factors might contribute to the development of school violence.
Introduction

Violence has been a commonplace feature of school life for centuries, with its causes embedded in the social, cultural, historical and economic contexts of the period. Those at the receiving end of violence can be individuals, objects or schools themselves, and the nature of the damage might be psychological, physical or material. Since the middle of the twentieth century, however, violence against children has increasingly been viewed as a violation of their fundamental human rights, especially their right to physical safety and psychological security and well-being. There has also ...

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