Focus on the nature, extent, causes and consequences, and remedies to forms of school violence, bullying, harassment, and cyber-intimidation. Discuss the personal, social, and legal ramifications and requirements for providing a safe, inclusive school environment. Explore preventative strategies and conflict-resolution techniques educators can utilize when issues occur.
- Examine the nature, dynamics, and causes of school violence within the context of "the culture of violence".
- Identify the social and cultural factors and perceptions contributing to all forms of violence, intimidation, harassment, bullying.
- Examine the impact of violence, bullying, harassment, and cyber-intimidation in lives of children, adolescents, families.
- Classify characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships and causes of violent behaviors.
- Assess effectiveness of current approaches and strategies in violence and bullying prevention.
- Discuss techniques for conflict resolution.
- Create an effective school violence prevention plan that involves the school, parents, and community.
Complete readings and participate in classroom or chat room discussions. Analyze five Internet sites that could be used for teaching about violence, intimidation, harassment, bullying and cyber-intimidation. Develop a written paper identifying and analyzing the effectiveness of one evidence-based prevention program for school violence, harassment, bullying and cyber-intimidation. Develop a teaching plan that could be used to teach about violence. Share written plan and prepare presentation to share with class. Develop a written research paper identifying any objectives in and that relates to school violence and the role of a health educator in meeting the objectives. Include an interview of a school or community health educator. In class analysis of case studies on violence and bullying. Midterm exam and comprehensive final exam.
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