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ERIC Number: EJ1149016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-2243
Engaging Upstanders: Class-Wide Approach to Promoting Positive Bystander Behavior
Wood, Laura; Smith, Jennifer; Varjas, Kris; Meyers, Joel
School Psychology Forum, v10 n1 p66-77 Spr 2016
Positive and supportive bystander behaviors have been associated with decreases in the frequency and negative impact of bullying. This article addresses the design, implementation, evaluation, and continuation of a classroom-based intervention that promotes positive bystander behaviors. The Engaging Upstanders curriculum was piloted with two fourth-grade and four fifth-grade classrooms (N = 149 students, six teachers) in a small urban district in the southeastern United States. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from teachers, students, and facilitators to address content knowledge, treatment integrity, and acceptability of the intervention. Overall, the intervention was highly acceptable and resulted in significant increases in content knowledge for students. Feedback was used to update the curriculum to better match the needs and resources of the stakeholders. Future directions are discussed, including building the capacity of the local stakeholders to implement the program, disseminating the intervention results, and providing suggestions for research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1R49CE001494