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Agresivní chování ve škole, jak je vnímají pedagogové
Agressive Behaviour in Schools from Teachers’ Perspective

Author(s): Ladislav Csémy, Petr Čáp, Tamara Hrachovinová, Olga Starostová
Subject(s): Psychology
Published by: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Nakladatelství Karolinum
Keywords: Aggressivity; teachers; elementary school; school children; Czech Republic

Summary/Abstract: Introduction: Aggressive behaviour of pupils in schools interferes with the process of education and represents a significant burden on the teacher. To study the extent of aggressive behaviour is on increase in the CR and in Europe as well. Objective: The aim of this study is to quantify the prevalence of various forms of aggressive behaviour in terms of perception of elementary school teachers. Methods: 1003 teachers from 115 randomly selected schools completed the Web-based online questionnaire focused on the aggressive behaviour of students and its context. Results: Educators are often met with verbal and physical aggression among students (83% and 37% weekly or more often), and vandalism against school property and equipment (25%). Gross verbal attacks against teachers in the last year reported 86% of respondents. Physical assault against someone of the staff was reported by 16% of teachers. Opinions on the aggressiveness of pupils in school and on methods for reducing aggression differed depending on the degree of aggressiveness, to which was the teacher exposed. Conclusion: When creating the conditions for safety in the school, the particular situation of the school should be taken into account as well as the teachers’ experience in dealing with aggression of school children.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 79-88
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Czech