Pre-service teachers who had completed their practicum or student teaching and in-service teachers in their first 3 years of teaching (n = 218) completed openended surveys about their beliefs and fears of school violence and rated their fears for such acts as use of weapons and the likelihood of those acts about their fears about schools and school violence. There were significant differences between pre-service and in-service teachers in their rankings of fearful events and the perceived likelihood of these events using t-tests to compare the groups. The informants reported being most afraid of guns or other weapons or other forms of dangerous violence (hostage taking, an outside stranger coming in and threatening their students, and so on). These fears were significantly correlated with their beliefs in the likelihood that these events would happen. Open-ended questions revealed that preservice teachers tended to be more afraid for their personal safety and personal failure in a crisis situation, and inservice classroom teachers tended to be more afraid for their students’ safety. The implications for teacher education and preparing teachers to address school violence are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||A Cross Section of Educational Research|
|Subtitle of host publication||Journal Articles for Discussion and Evaluation|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||12|
|State||Published - Sep 13 2016|
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