Empirical research of violence within schools. Substantial issues and methodological problems.

Issue 10

“Empirical research of violence within schools. Substantial issues and methodological problems.”

Ioanna Tsigkanou
Page 11-22

Abstract

Violence at schools has become a ‘subject-matter’ for much of contemporary sociological thinking and policy making process. However, it is our belief that this issue requires more tentative and careful investigation in theoretical and empirical terms in order to provide a better understanding of the corresponding social practices. Otherwise distorted “images” and explanations of violent ‘facts’ emerge as by-products of scientific inquiries which hinder access to the scientific knowledge of social affairs and cause multiple misapprehensions and over-estimations of behaviors, practices and attitudes under examination. Therefore the paper’s scope focuses on certain theoretical and methodological issues, imperative to be dealt with when researchers are occupied with the social investigation of violence in general and violence at schools in particular.