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School violence, school differences and school discourses

Watkins, Chris and Mauthner, Melanie and Hewitt, Roger and Epstein, Debbie and Leonard, Diana (2007) School violence, school differences and school discourses. British Educational Research Journal, 33 (1). pp. 61-74. ISSN 0141-1926

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Abstract

This article highlights one strand of a study which investigated the concept of the violenceresilient school. In six inner-city secondary schools, data on violent incidents in school and violent crime in the neighbourhood were gathered, and compared with school practices to minimise violence, accessed through interviews. Some degree of association between the patterns of behaviour and school practices was found: schools with a wider range of wellconnected practices seemed to have less difficult behaviour. Interviews also showed that the different schools had different organisational discourses for construing school violence, its possible causes and the possible solutions. Differences in practices are best understood in connection with differences in these discourses. Some of the features of school discourses are outlined, including their range, their core metaphor and their silences. We suggest that organisational discourse is an important concept in explaining school effects and school differences, and that improvement attempts could have clearer regard to this concept.

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Additional Information: School behaviour Comparative study of six inner city schools and their environments using interview data and police crime data. Extends the previous analysis of school differences in two ways: collecting evidence on the environment and advancinfg a new explanation with evidence from the discourses which are prevalent in the organisations to construe school violence (its possible causes and the possible solutions) Based on six secondary schools in an inner-city ontext, with in-depth interviews with a sample of staff Derived from an ESRC project, which was the only education project in the ESRC programme on violence, and subject to considerable competition Authorship of this paper 60% C Watkins This is an electronic version of an article published in Watkins, Chris and Mauthner, Melanie and Hewitt, Roger and Epstein, Debbie and Leonard, Diana (2007) School violence, school differences and school discourses. British Educational Research Journal, 33 (1). pp. 61-74. journal]. ritish Educational Research Journal is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/01411920601104441
Controlled Keywords: Qualitative analysis , Ecological study , Violence, aggression & bullying , School effectiveness
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > London Centre for Leadership in Learning
IOE Departments > Departments > Learning, Curriculum and Communication
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Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2010 09:09
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:48
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