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ERIC Number: ED549744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 142
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-0458-2
An Examination of Bullying from the Perspectives of Public and Private High School Children
Stewart, Anjanette M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Bullying is a phenomenon that is as old as childhood itself. It has existed for decades. The concept of bullying is problematic because of the myriad ways educational leaders and students define and characterize it. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between bullying and gender and the relationship between bullying and school leadership within two divergent school environments, that is, two public schools and one private school. The questions that guided this study involved bullying and gender, bullying and bullying behaviors, and bullying and leadership. The research study used a mixed method approach, a correlational design which used a survey to explore bullying and gender and interview data for bullying and leadership. The survey instrument used to gather the student data was the Olweus Bully/Victim Questionnaire; the administrative data was gathered using the Background Questionnaire and the Interview Questionnaire, both created by Dr. Phillip Jackson, Jr. The population was students that attended schools in an urban school district in Southeast Georgia; there were approximately 100 students randomly sampled from each school. The sample was taken from students who returned their parent permissions to the school. The results indicated that the types of bullying that male and female high school students experience are not significantly different in a public school setting, but they are significantly different in a private school setting, that public school students exhibit statistically significantly more bullying behaviors than private school students, that bullying behaviors do not significantly occur in the same locations in public and private schools, and that there were differences in the types of actions taken by administrators, but the differences were across all three schools and not public versus private school differences only. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia