Date Approved

7-13-2003

Embargo Period

5-8-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Monahan, Thomas

Subject(s)

Bullying; High schools--New Jersey; Middle schools--New Jersey; School discipline

Disciplines

Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Secondary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore, in two separate studies, the impact of one comprehensive treatment and one curricular treatment on bullying behaviors within the context of a southern New Jersey school district. In the first study, 1280 middle school students were surveyed in the beginning of the school year and again at the end, after comprehensive treatment methods were applied. In the second study, a single high school writing class was observed both before and after the teaching of an anti-bullying curriculum. The first study showed an increase of students reporting that they were victims of bullying behavior in sixth and eighth grade with an 8% and 17% rise respectively. The seventh grade reported a reduction of 7.7%. The second study showed a decrease in bullying of 35% after the teaching of the anti-bullying curriculum, but external circumstances raise questions about the validity of that result.

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