ERIC Number: ED466027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Ways To Minimize Bullying.
Mueller, Mary Ellen; Parisi, Mary Joy
This report delineates a series of interventions aimed at minimizing incidences of bullying in a suburban elementary school. The social services staff was scheduled to initiate an anti-bullying incentive in fall 2001 due to the increased occurrences of bullying during the prior year. The target population consisted of third- and fourth-grade students. Researchers in classrooms and other school settings observed negative and aggressive actions of bullies. A four-component action was developed that relied upon communication, a framework, intervention, and methods of assessment. Two intervention strategies were implemented for heightening awareness of bullying among school faculty, parents, and students; and teaching students how to respond appropriately to negative behavior or defuse an altercation. Conflict resolution, role-playing, discussion groups, and response training were also implemented. Postintervention data indicated a reduction in incidences of bullying in the targeted group. Students demonstrated an understanding of the effects of bullying on victims and the responsibility they had to prevent and report this behavior. Appendices contain student and teacher surveys about bullying, an information packet, and other materials for developing awareness and anti-bullying strategies. (Contains 28 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Professional Development Field-Based Master's Program.