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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

Dealing with violence and aggression in the classroom: Some suggestions

Publication Date: 
December 2005

This paper targets educators who wish to grapple with the problem of violence and aggression in the classroom. Its focus is geared to helping them to acquire basic skills and knowledge necessary to design and implement effective instructional and classroom management practices which will address the needs of the student in an holistic manner, socially, morally and academically. The pro-social aspects of the students' training must be the subject of considerable attention and the humanistic aspect must be meaningfully dealt with. The provision of opportunities to learn and practice conflict resolution strategies must therefore be of paramount importance. These include: social skills strategies; practicing new skills; instructional consequences; teacher behaviour (understanding and monitoring); verbal intervention (to reduce a child's anxiety); and physical intervention.

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