School Violence as a Complex Social Problem: Trends in Managing Discipline in Finnish Educational Policy

  • Sari Vesikansa
  • Päivi Honkatukia


In this chapter we will set the historical scene for school violence and behaviour management discourses in Finland, starting from the time of the basic education reforms between 1960 and 1980 to this day. Moreover, we will develop our critical social scientific approach to school violence as a research topic and social problem and apply this methodology to the school context, in order to vision what kind of critical questions one should ask when trying to understand different forms of violence in the school institution. We argue that instead of demonizing aggression and conflicts, there should be pedagogic ways of working with these issues.


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  • Sari Vesikansa
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  1. 1.University of TampereTampereFinland

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