VISIONARY is an International
collaborative project on violence prevention in schools, addressing
teachers, pupils, parents and experts.
Violence in school, juvenile violence and crime have been among the major
topics in our countries - Denmark, Finland, Germany, Portugal and the UK -
in recent years. Though not as dramatic as presented in the media, the
amount of violence has been rising constantly in the last few years and
has wide-ranging effects on our society.
In all our countries we have a huge and constantly
growing number of approaches, materials, web sites,
mailing lists etc. focusing on violence and
violence prevention. So, one large current problem is not a lack but
rather an "oversupply" of approaches that makes orientation difficult and
sometimes discourages practitioners.
In the VISIONARY project we have not developing
new concepts or approaches on violence in schools. Rather, we
have collected and structured information
that we have found on the Internet and provided a platform which
search for information.
Furthermore our web site aimed at networking
our users - teachers, parents, pupils, experts and anyone searching for
information about violence in schools - at a national and international
VISIONARY is an acronym for "Violence in
school - intelligence on the net - applying resources for youngsters". The
development of the web site has been supported by SOCRATES / MINERVA, a
programme of the European Commission.
The VISIONARY team
consisted of more than 20 people from five countries - Germany (project
co-ordination), Denmark, Finland, Portugal and the UK. We have been a team of
psychologists, pedagogic experts, teacher trainers and technicians. All of
us have either expertise in the field of violence in schools and/or new
Later on a subsequent project has been implemented. The "VISIONARIES-NET"
project - a cooperation of experts from Germany, France, Spain and Romania
- has brought together persons engaged in violence prevention in school and
aims to making them learn from one another. This has been realised by
conducting online conferences with experts and practitioners as well as by
initiating the formation of an International online community on violence
prevention in schools that builds on the VISIONARY portal, the precursor
project of the project.
Sometimes with pdf-download () and
further information ()
Jäger, Th., Bradley, C. & Rasmussen, M. (Eds.)
(2003). Violence Prevention in School Using the Internet: A European
Perspective. Landau: Verlag Empirische Pädagogik.
Jäger, T. & Balzer, L. (2002). Visionary (Violence in schools -
intelligence on the net archives of resources for youngsters): an European
information and communication platform on violence in school. In A.
Estrela & J. Ferreira (Eds.), Indiscipline et Violence à l'Ecole, Actas do
XI Colóquio (AFIRSE/AIPELF) (pp.652-659). Lisboa: Universidade de Lisboa.