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

Beau Oldenburg*, Rie Bosman, Rene Veenstra

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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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.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)64-72
Aantal pagina's9
TijdschriftSchool psychology international
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - feb-2016

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