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American Journal of Educational Research. 2016, 4(10), 725-730
DOI: 10.12691/education-4-10-3
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The Role of Bibliotherapy in Reduction of Violence in Arab Schools in Israel

Jamal Abu-Hussain1,

1Graduate Studies: Al-Qasemi Academy, Israel

Pub. Date: June 25, 2016

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Jamal Abu-Hussain. The Role of Bibliotherapy in Reduction of Violence in Arab Schools in Israel. American Journal of Educational Research. 2016; 4(10):725-730. doi: 10.12691/education-4-10-3

Abstract

For many societies violence has become a major problem to be immediately dealt with and overcome. Schools, for reasons ranging from their framework, structure, client population and lack of appropriate educational tools suffer from manifestations of this phenomenon no less than other societal institutions and much more than some. This state of affairs leaves teachers, in general, and Arab teachers in Israel in particular, utterly frustrated and in many cases extremely helpless and bewildered. The situation calls for fast intervention in order to find suitable educational solutions for the reality of Arab teachers and Arab schools that function as a minority with its own set of values, standards and distinguishing features within general Israeli society. The objective of this study is to examine the effect of group bibliotherapy on violence among Arab elementary school children in Israeli society. The study hypothesis is that group bibliotherapy diminishes violence among aggressive children. The study sample included 60 pupils from grades one to six in one Arab elementary school in Israel. The results show a decline in the level of violence among aggressive children that went through bibliotherapy, in comparison with aggressive children that did not receive bibliotherapy. Results suggest that school violence can be mitigated significantly by use of appropriate teacher training programs. Lack of such training and the experience it furnishes may encourage a violent and dangerous environment for the pupils. The program furnished teachers with a tool for successful handling of the violence.

Keywords:
bibliotherapy violence elementary school

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