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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Du Plessis, Alfred Haupt
URN etd-06012009-172237
Document Title Exploring secondary school educator experiences of school violence
Degree MEd
Department Educational Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Dr S Bester Supervisor
  • educator
  • experience
  • school violence
  • violence
  • bio-ecological systems theory
  • learners
Date 2009-04-14
Availability unrestricted

This study intends to explore the very relevant and current issue of violence at school level. Through this case study the experiences of an educator with regard to violence in a secondary school are explored.

Data for this study was collected through observation and unstructured interviews with the participant. Data collected was analysed through several phases of establishing thematic categories. This analysis was done within the parameters of a scientific literature framework. The six main categories were discussed and interpreted in terms of literature to provide the findings portrayed by the study. To ensure the dependability and quality of the data the study incorporated member checking and literature control.

An attempt was made to contribute to, and expand upon, the existing body of knowledge with regard to this very important phenomenon. The results of this study show that the educator experiences violence in school as a very serious reality. This study argues that the causes of school violence should be studied from an integrative perspective and it supports the Bio-Ecological Systems theory as a multi-dimensional approach to understanding school violence.

ŠUniversity of Pretoria 2008

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Du Plessis, AH 2008, Exploring secondary school educator experiences of school violence, MEd dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-06012009-172237/ >

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