TITLE

Opinions of Female Juvenile Delinquents on Communication, Learning and Violence

AUTHOR(S)
Sanger, Dixie; Spilker, Anna; Williams, Nicole; Belau, Don
PUB. DATE
March 2007
SOURCE
Journal of Correctional Education;Mar2007, Vol. 58 Issue 1, p69
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to survey the opinions of female juvenile delinquents residing in a correctional center about the role of teachers and schools in serving students involved in violence. The term violence referred to behaviors and actions including threats or intentional harm to individuals or property (Van Hasselt & Hersen, 1999). A mixed methods design was used with 31 participants ranging in age from 15 to 18 with a mean age of 1712 years. Questionnaires containing five background Items, eight Likert-type statements and three open-ended questions, were read to each adolescent. Likert items addressed participants' views about the role of teachers in serving students involved in violence. Open-ended questions pertained to their primary concerns about the way schools provide services for children and adolescents who are involved in violence, and what made learning in school a positive or negative experience. Descriptive statistics and qualitative findings were analyzed. Participants' mean responses revealed they agreed that: (a) violence is an increasing concern of teachers; (b) teachers should be involved in planning prevention programs, (c) specialists should provide adequate services for children with learning problems involved in violence, and (d) there is a shortage of specialists to serve children involved in violence. Also, mean responses indicated they were uncertain whether teachers truly understood how to serve children or if they were merely trained in managing behavior. Qualitative findings supplemented the quantitative results and the following themes emerged: (a) effectiveness of services, (b) intervention/suggestions, (c) relating to students, (d) motivation, (e) effectiveness of teaching, (f) school environment, (g) subject content, (h) classroom environment, (I) learning challenges/personal issues, and (j) uncertainty [of how to respond to the questions]. Implications suggest the need for educators to consider how they relate to students and possible curriculum modifications to meet the needs of students involved in violence.
ACCESSION #
25019231

 

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