ERIC Number: EJ811039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug-15
Reference Count: 19
Bullying: A Human Rights and Social Studies Issue
Brewer, Ernest Andrew; Harlin, Rebecca P.
Childhood Education, v84 n6 p383 Aug 2008
Bullying and victimization in schools have become major concerns for parents, teachers, and school psychologists. Elementary and middle school teachers likely have seen students bully each other, so it is important that they notice the characteristics associated with being bullied and recognize bullying in all its forms: physical, verbal, and psychological. This knowledge will help teachers take action in bullying situations and resolve these conflicts. Bullying can be addressed in many forums, but some researchers believe that social studies classes are an excellent venue for addressing bullying as a human rights issue. Social studies curricula are designed to familiarize students with the core values and principles of one's country. Through the social studies, students acquire the requisite knowledge and strategies to become citizens who effectively exercise their constitutional rights and privileges. The social studies also can build students' understanding of community, justice, and human rights. This article describes the relevance of bullying to each of these areas of social studies understanding.
Descriptors: Bullying, Psychologists, Social Studies, Antisocial Behavior, Victims of Crime, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Aggression, Teacher Role, Conflict Resolution, Civil Rights, Values Education, Citizenship Education
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