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Teachers' Perceptions about School Violence in One Turkish City

NCJ Number
Journal of School Violence Volume: 8 Issue: 1 Dated: January-March 2009 Pages: 29-41
Yasemin Yavuzer; Rezzan Gundogdu; Ayhan Dikici
Date Published
January 2009
13 pages
This study examined the types and frequencies of violence encountered by teachers in primary and high schools in Turkey.
Results revealed that acts of violence occurred at schools in Nigde province, Turkey. Generally, the acts of violence were between male students: 14.1 percent of the teachers twice witnessed an event resulting in student injuries and, at least once, met a student carrying a weapon; 8.5 percent of teachers reported being roughed up by a student or a group of students; 29 percent of teachers reported that the students used knives, while 26.8 percent reported students used a club-like object; teachers stated that 36.7 percent of the teachers stated that the acts of violence occurred in front of the school door, while 22.5 percent stated acts occurred in the school garden. Students generally avoided violence inside the school with only 7 percent of violent acts occurring in the corridors. In addition, teachers are not aware enough of their own roles regarding reasons for violence at schools and abilities to influence the prevention of violence. They generally think that violence occurs as a result of family and that advisory services and administrators should be active in preventing violence. The teachers should be better informed about the precautions that they can take in their classes regarding violence. In-service training courses should be provided for teachers to make them aware of their direct or indirect roles regarding the occurrence for the violence. Data were collected from 142 teachers working at primary and high schools in Nigde province, a small city in Turkey. Tables, figure, and references