Date Approved

6-28-2007

Embargo Period

3-29-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching: Collaborative Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Madden, Marjorie

Subject(s)

Bullying in schools--New Jersey; Classroom environment--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to see if a student-driven approach reduced bullying episodes in two elementary school classrooms. The subjects for this study are thirty-seven fifth grade students at the Thomas E. Bowe School in Glassboro, New Jersey. This study used two anonymous surveys, audio-taped discussions with small groups of students, students' projects and artifacts, and a teacher research journal to develop and access a student-driven approach to reduce bullying in elementary school classrooms. A qualitative and quantitative approach was utilized to analyze the data, which showed a decrease in the frequency of bullying episodes in these two classrooms. A need for further research on the effectiveness of a student-driven approach to reduce bullying in elementary classrooms is one of the implications that emerged from this study.

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