ERIC Number: ED447911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Maine Project against Bullying. Final Report.
Saufler, Chuck; Gagne, Cyndi
Noting that bullying among primary school-age children has become recognized as an antecedent to more violent behavior in later grades, the 3-year Maine Project Against Bullying examined currently available research on bullying and evaluated books, curricula, media materials, and programs to identify resources and strategies which can be applied in Maine schools to alleviate the problem of bullying in kindergarten through fourth grade. Year 1 of the project focused on reviewing research and current materials on bullying. Year 2 involved a survey on bullying of third graders in Maine elementary schools during February 1999 as a baseline. Participating in the survey were 125 schools providing a sample of 4,496 subjects, 28 percent of all Maine third graders. Bullying was defined as teasing in a mean way, calling hurtful names, leaving others out on purpose, threatening, hitting, kicking, or pushing. Major findings relate to: (1) the nature and extent to which bullying is occurring in a school; (2) how children have reacted to bullying at school and the consequences for their feelings of safety and well-being; (3) whether they have informed others and to what outcomes; (4) students' perceptions of their own aggressive behaviors at school; and (5) gender differences regarding the above. Specific recommendations were made for the Department of Education, school personnel, students, parents, and communities. Year 3 focused on raising public awareness of the issue and providing free training for participating schools. (Appended are a complete copy of the data analysis and the survey. Contains a 200-item bibliography.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maine State Dept. of Education, Augusta.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine