Violence in Schools: The Response in Europe

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Peter K. Smith
Psychology Press, 2003 - Education - 365 pages
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Violence in schools is a pervasive, highly emotive and, above all, global problem. Bullying and its negative social consequences are of perennial concern, while the media regularly highlights incidences of violent assault - and even murder - occurring within schools. This unique and fascinating text offers a comprehensive overview and analysis of how European nations are tackling this serious issue.
Violence in Schools: The Response in Europe, brings together contributions from all EU member states and two associated states. Each chapter begins by clearly outlining the nature of the school violence situation in that country. It then goes on to describe those social policy initiatives and methods of intervention being used to address violence in schools and evaluates the effectiveness of these different strategies. Commentaries from Australia, Israel and the USA and an overview of the book's main themes by eminent psychologist Peter K. Smith complete a truly international and authoritative look at this important - and frequently controversial - subject.
This book constitutes an invaluable resource for educational administrators, policymakers and researchers concerned with investigating, and ultimately addressing, the social and psychological causes, manifestations and effects of school violence.
 

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Contents

an overview
1
a report from France
17
a report from Belgium
33
first official steps to deal with violence
49
From combating bullying and violence to fostering
65
many initiatives against violence
83
numerous programmes no scientific proof
100
the gap between the political agenda
119
a report from Norway
200
a report from Sweden
216
shortterm nonpreventive solutions
232
a report from Iceland
247
addressing
265
a report from Ireland
282
an Australian commentary
301
the view from Israel
317

the Spanish
135
a report from Italy
153
a report from Greece
169
a report from Finland
187
commentary
332
Name index
351
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PETER SMITH is a contributing editor for O, the Oprah Magazine and has written for The New yorker, the New York Times, Travel & Leisure, and Harper's Bazaar. He was also written three novels, most recently A Good Family

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