Are elementary school teachers prepared to tackle bullying? A pilot study

Beau Oldenburg*, Rie Bosman, Rene Veenstra

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Abstract

The aim of this pilot study was to investigate to what extent elementary school teachers were prepared to tackle bullying. Interview data from 22 Dutch elementary school teachers (M age=43.3, 18 classrooms in eight schools) were combined with survey data from 373 students of these teachers (M age=10.7, grades 3-6, ages 8- to 12-years-old, 52.2% boys). The teachers in this study gave incomplete definitions of bullying, had limited strategies to find out about bullying, and did not recognize the self-reported victims in their classroom, suggesting that even though teachers are supposed to have a central role in tackling bullying, they may not be fully prepared for this task. Implications for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-72
Number of pages9
JournalSchool psychology international
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2016

Keywords

  • elementary school teachers
  • the Netherlands
  • school bullying
  • victimization
  • PEER VICTIMIZATION
  • ATTITUDES
  • KNOWLEDGE
  • INTERVENTION
  • CLASSROOM
  • PROGRAMS
  • BELIEFS
  • MIDDLE

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