ERIC Number: ED367942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Finding Out about Bullying. SCRE Spotlights 43.
Schools in Scotland that develop a policy on bullying to which everyone is committed have been successful in reducing the frequency of bullying. Students rarely tell on bullies, not only from fear of their persecutor's revenge, but because they have also learned that adults either show no interest in their problem or give bad advice when they do address the issue. By working closely with teachers, students and others, schools can find out about bullying by observing pupils' social relationships, keeping records of bullying incidents, having children write stories on bullying, and using confidential questionnaires. Although potentially useful, questionnaires many times are too long and difficult to analyze, ask ambiguous questions, or may antagonize individuals through leading questions. Schools may increase the effectiveness of questionnaires by first defining what counts as bullying and then generating a tool that is short, clear, and easily analyzed. Whatever method schools use to explore bullying, there is one step which should always be taken: make sure that the information collected from pupils, parents, or teachers is fed back to them and discussed with them. Schools must show children that talking in an open and honest manner about bullying is a rewarding and relevant thing to do. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education.