ERIC Number: EJ943008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 7
How Democratic Practitioners Can Address School Bullying: An Imperative for Educational Leaders
Pryor, Caroline R.
Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly, v4 n4 p364-366 Win 2010
There are various ideas about the root causes of bullying, such as the bully's prior victimization or perception of a student's position in a perceived popular peer group. Remediation suggestions include using various types of literature to help students gain interpersonal perspective from the lives of others. Some research notes that parental and community involvement in school problems can help change a culture of school bullying. Less discussed in the literature about bullying are calls to provide K-12 teachers "a deep structure" of the principles foundational to the ways in which people communicate cultural expectations for participation in American democratic society. Studies of teacher beliefs indicate that knowledge of democratic ideals is a strong predictor of teacher integration of these ideals into their classroom practices. In this brief essay the author posits that administrators as educational leaders are central to communicating the importance of teachers understanding the principles of a democratic society, and teaching the ideals of liberty, justice, and equal opportunity.
Descriptors: Bullying, Elementary Secondary Education, Democracy, Community Involvement, Peer Groups, Victims, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Perspective Taking
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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