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Bullying Behaviour in Schools: Towards Better Understandings and Practice

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dc.contributor.advisor Sullivan, Keith Cleary, Mark 2007-11-02T04:26:45Z 2007-11-02T04:26:45Z 2001 2001
dc.description.abstract This study of school bullying provides an overview of the development of international anti-bullying initiatives, an in-depth analysis of the state of antibullying approaches in New Zealand and a description of the impact of such approaches on the behaviour in one secondary school community. Its findings endorse the use of effective, school-based, anti-bullying interventions, in particular, those developed in Scandinavia and Britain during the last twenty years. The efforts to combat bullying in New Zealand are reviewed. While some New Zealand programmes are found to be effective, the anti-bullying initiatives of the Ministry of Education and the Education Review Office are found wanting, as is their failure to respond effectively to the growing public concern over bullying. A number of anti-bullying interventions undertaken within one school community are evaluated. While generally found to reduce bullying, the limitations of these interventions became evident when one class group was viewed in greater depth in a study which discovered an entrenched bullying ‘culture’ and provided insights into the bullying dynamic. The communication difficulties experienced when a small number of powerful individuals capture the dynamics of power and abuse, and in effect establish the relationship style for the whole group, are then highlighted. As a result of the understandings gained through this classroom-based study, a number of conclusions are developed about the importance of the role played by leaders, both teacher and pupil. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Aggressive behaviour en_NZ
dc.subject Behaviour change en_NZ
dc.subject Key individuals en_NZ
dc.subject Leadership en_NZ
dc.subject Aggressive behavior en-US
dc.subject Behavior change en-US
dc.title Bullying Behaviour in Schools: Towards Better Understandings and Practice en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Education Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 330104 Educational Policy, Administration and Management en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Education en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Master's en_NZ Master of Arts en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 139999 Education not elsewhere classified en_NZ

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