Emerge Faculty Fellow: Dr. Richard Hough

Dr. Richard Hough Sr.
Dr. Richard Hough Sr.

Take-a-Breath: Reducing Confrontational Violence

This high–impact educational practice is called the Take A Breath, or T.A.B., program. The program involves developing and implementing a training module for juveniles on violence prevention. The aim is to call sharp attention to the problem of confrontational violence among young people in American society. Notably, the issues arising from such confrontations have been discussed independently by each partner agency that will be involved. The T.A.B. program will involve students in a learning community to cooperate in developing and then implementing a brief but intensive curriculum for presentation initially to a Florida Department of Juvenile Justice population. The central theme of the program will be to sensitize young people to the dynamics of confrontational violence and enhance their decision-making capability to react quickly and purposefully to disengage from such an incident.

The T.A.B. program will be geared to upper division undergraduate students. Students will engage in student–faculty research to sharpen not only their research capabilities, but critical thinking skills by “learning to work and solve problems in the company of others, and sharpening one’s own understanding by listening seriously to the insights of others…”

Workforce developmental skill sets such as the ability to collaborate with others and work in teams will also be created or enhanced. Service learning is a clear outcome from this experiential learning opportunity grounded in the community interest in reducing and preventing violence. Career–long tools are developed for the students in this program through utilizing the implementation technique of Scanning Analysis Response and Assessment (SARA). The SARA model is a familiar one in public policy creation and implementation. Such policy analysis insights are valuable for all university graduates, let alone those working in the public interest as most of our CEPS graduates.

High Impact Practices (HIPs) Utilized

  • Undergraduate Research
  • Service Learning, Community–Based Learning
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects

For more information, please contact Dr. Richard Hough at rhough@uwf.edu.

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