by Cécile CARRA – september 2006
Cécile CARRA, teacher and researcher working at the Nord/Pas-de-Calais IUFM (Institut universitaire de formation des maîtres, the teacher training school) and the CESDIP, has been conducting research on juvenile deviance for several years. She reports on the main findings of a quantitative study on violence within the school system, conducted in schools in the North of France between 2003 and 2006.
Too little objective knowledge is available about violence in primary schools, whereas it is increasingly thought that the phenomenon is reaching down to the primary school level and that « increasingly young authors » are involved. The present research, funded by the Nord/Pas-de-Calais IUFM and the CESDIP, was conducted by a ten members team, from several disciplines (physical training, French, mathematics, philosophy, sociology and education) and several institutions (Nord-Pas-de-Calais IUFM, CNRS, Lille II and Lille III Universities).