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TITLE OF DOCUMENT:

Jugendforschung: Forschung über Gewalt an Schulen. Erscheinungsformen und Ursachen, Konzepte und Prävention

NAME OF AUTHOR(S):

Heinz Günter Holtappels, Wilhelm Heitmeyer, Wolfgang Melzer, Klaus-Jürgen Tillmann

NAME OF PUBLISHER:

Weinheim: Juventa 2009

LANGUAGE OF DOCUMENT:

German

LANGUAGE OF THE REVIEW:

English

KEYWORDS:

Violence in schools, Bullying, Survey methods, Prevention, Intervention

DOCUMENT TYPOLOGY:

Book

TARGET GROUP OF PUBLICATION:

Parents, Policy Makers, Teachers, Researchers, Young People, School Directors.

SIZE OF THE PUBLICATION:

Over 100 pages

DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS:

Since the subject of school violence in recent years has moved in the focus of attention to the public, this research group has joined to share their experiences and created a structured description of the current situation according to themes and authors.
This collection takes stock of the current state of research in the field of school violence. It's about giving an overview of the findings to the various manifestations, conditions and prevention and intervention approaches and discussing issues of theory and survey methodology.
This edition presented in individual articles is giving an outline of the current research activities. Therefore in some places repetitions and overlaps are occurring. The articles are varying in quality. Some provide valuable insights into studies and others provide their own results and interpretations.
This book is helpful especially for more precise information on specific areas on the subject of violence in schools, but is suitable both as a first constitution of knowledge due to the large range of content-specific aspects to research. For example, this collection includes a consideration of the different perceptions of violence of the individual school groups, such as teachers, pupils, school heads. In addition to an East-West comparison, the authors of this book deal with an analysis of violence by German and foreign students. Furthermore, there will be a detailed discussion of offender-victim problems.
A major strength of this book is the detailed examination of the areas of prevention and intervention, which is especially of relevance for all interested parties with a practical orientation.

REVIEWER’S COMMENTS ON THE DOCUMENT:

Through a wealth of public debates and reports in the recent years, the general public perception of violence among children and young emerged that violent actions are an everyday problem at German schools. By dramatising media reports of sensational cases arose the suspicion of violence would have risen in recent years and the brutality of violent acts in schools had increased. This book is addicted to such common sense psychological theories and tries to contrast with a detailed analysis of the causal factors, symptoms and prevention and intervention strategies and thus present the public a serious research situation.
This book shows the efforts of educational research to tackle on school violence. The authors represent different empirical research designs and critically deal with methodological differences and conceptual differences.

NAME OF THE REVIEWING ORGANISATION:

Zepf

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