Teacher-directed violence by students in Western Australia: An exploratory study


Teacher-directed violence (TDV) by students is a growing concern in Western Australia (WA) with 8,500 students suspended in 2017 for committing TDV. This study investigates the prevalence of TDV reported by WA primary and secondary teachers, as well as the associations between TDV and gender, education sector and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEFIA) of school locations. Participants included 56 primary and secondary teachers in WA who completed an anonymous survey about their experiences with TDV over the past two years. The results revealed that 67.9% of participants had experienced TDV at least once in the past two years. Furthermore, a significant relationship was detected between TDV and gender, education sector and SEIFA indexes. Combined, this information should direct future research and school policy related to TDV.


teacher survey, violence, teacher student relationship, gender differences, education sector, school location, social differences, Western Australia

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