Date Approved

4-22-2002

Embargo Period

5-12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Lysik, Gerald

Subject(s)

Bullying; Sixth grade (Education)

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine bully-victim behaviors and intervention strategies using case study research design in order to develop and implement a bully prevention program. Participants in this study were limited to students, parents, and teachers on one of three sixth grade teams. A program was presented including a survey for students to determine the level of bullying, questionnaires for students and teachers to evaluate program effectiveness, and interviews with teachers, the guidance counselor, and the assistant principal. Survey data was analyzed by tabulating responses and determining percentages of students experiencing bullying. Student questionnaire data was analyzed by tabulating and coding responses to determine levels of student learning as a result of the bully prevention program. Teacher questionnaire data and interviews with staff were analyzed by coding responses to determine the kinds of bullying behaviors observed before, during, and after the program. Although data indicated that the level of bullying was relatively low, several students reported being called names, being teased, and being the victim of rumors. Data collected after the program indicated students had an increased awareness of bully-victim behaviors and feelings and felt better equipped to handle themselves in bully-victim situations.

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