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Estudos Interdisciplinares em Psicologia

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PAULA, Alexandre da Silva de; KODATO, Sérgio  and  DIAS, Francielle Xavier. Social representations of violence in teachers of public school. Est. Inter. Psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.4, n.2, pp. 240-257. ISSN 2236-6407.

This research, in qualitative approach, was conducted in public school situated in the periphery of a medium town in São Paulo State. The study was referenced in the method of analysis of the Social Representations and aimed to investigate the conceptions and significations of the violence at schools, produced by teachers of the elementary and high school. The data were collected through semi-structured interviews in-depth with eight participants chosen by the criteria of availability and variability of the group. The interviews were recorded and the transcribed material was organized in thematic categories, according to the procedure of content analysis. The interpretations and justifications for the episodes of violence were based in common sense and constitute a speech with lack of self-analysis characterized by impotence and fatalistic sense of future, making difficult confronting and prevention.

Keywords : school violence; public education; social representation.

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