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South African Journal of Education

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The influence of school culture and school climate on violence in schools of the Eastern Cape Province

K Barnes, S Brynard, C de Wet

Abstract


This article reports on research undertaken about the influence of school culture and school climate on violence at schools in the Eastern Cape. An adapted California School Climate and Survey – Short Form (CSCSS-SF), which was used as the data-collection instrument, was completed by 900 Grade 10 to 12 learners. With the assistance of Pearson’s product moment correlation coefficient, it was found that the better the school culture and school climate are at a school, the lower the levels of school violence. On the other hand, a lack of school safety contributed to learners experiencing higher levels of violence at schools. The results of hierarchy regression analyses indicated that school culture and school climate can be used to explain a significant percentage of variance in school violence. The f 2 values indicate that, with the exception of two aspects of the variance physical and verbal harassment,
the results did not have any practical value. The article concludes with a few suggestions on how the results can be used to address school violence.

Keywords: CSCSS-SF; school climate; school culture; school violence




http://dx.doi.org/10.15700/saje.v32n1a495
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