Thesis Title

Is Banning the Answer?: Educators' Responses to Student Exprression of Violence

Graduation Date

Fall 2004

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name


Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD


Despite attempts to prevent it, children's exposure to violence is inevitable. Students must be equipped with strategies to deal with the violence that they are exposed to. The purpose of this study is to investigate the strategies that teachers use in response to student expression of violence in the classroom. The research literature reveals a tendency to ban violent expression because of a lack of knowledge, training, and resources available for teacher use. In this study, teachers of grades ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade were interviewed about their responses to student expression of violence. Results of the study revealed a tendency to ban violent expression, and a contradiction between what the subjects felt would be most beneficial for students and what was actually carried out in the classroom. Results of the study suggest a need to educate teachers about the negative implications of banning and equip them with the training necessary to respond appropriately to student expression of violence.

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