ERIC Number: EJ1158050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
International Perceptions of Cyberbullying within Higher Education
Luker, Julie Marie; Curchack, Barbara C.
Adult Learning, v28 n4 p144-156 Nov 2017
In this study, we investigated perceptions of cyberbullying within higher education among 1,587 professionals from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Regardless of country or professional role, participants presented essentially the same bleak picture. Almost half of all participants observed cyberbullying between students within the last year, about one in every five intervened in an incident, and only 10% felt completely prepared to do so. Likewise, 85% of participants perceived their institution to be less than completely prepared to handle cyberbullying, with fewer than 50% even aware whether their school had a cyberbullying policy and fewer than 25% having a policy that specifically addresses cyberbullying. The majority of participants perceived cyberbullying as negative; however, approximately 10% dissented from this view. Finally, a group-serving bias was replicated; cyberbullying was perceived as more problematic at other institutions than their own. This research calls for evidence-based, systematic policy development and implementation, including how to train those who see cyberbullying as a positive phenomenon.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Bullying, Computer Mediated Communication, Internet, Higher Education, College Students, Incidence, Intervention, School Policy, Bias, Questionnaires, Likert Scales, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; United Kingdom; United States