Office of Public Affairs
(315) 341-2265
May 30, 2001
CONTACT: Dr. Mahlon Wagner, 652-5624
OSWEGO -- A course in "Violence in the Schools" will be taught at the Oswego State Education Center in Phoenix beginning Tuesday, July 3, from 4:30 to 7:40 p.m. and continuing every Tuesday and Thursday for six weeks until Aug. 9.
This psychology course is designed especially for teachers, but other graduate students and undergraduate students are welcome.
Dr. Mahlon W. Wagner, professor emeritus of psychology at SUNY Oswego, has been teaching this course for school teachers and others since 1980. In several visits to Germany, he studied problems of school disorder and discipline in schools there and also at schools for military dependents on American military bases.
The course will examine the causes, effects and control of aggression, violence and conflict in the school environment. Students will study how these problems of discipline, aggression and conflict affect teachers, students and the community.
Gallup polls continue to show that "lack of discipline" is one of the biggest problems for public schools, Wagner said. A government survey during the 1996-97 school year showed 187,890 physical attacks or fights without weapons and 10,900 attacks with weapons.
"Violence in the Schools" will cover such topics as classroom conflict management, how children can learn alternate ways to respond to bullies, and what community resources exist to help school districts and teachers deal with and prevent conflict in the classroom.
Anyone interested in further information should contact Wagner by e-mail at or by phone at 652-5624 or the psychology department at SUNY Oswego at 312-4013.
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