Bullying Research Paper

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SCHOOLQuestionnairesONbullyingandharassment

Information obtained by the school from surveys of students, teachers and parents can greatly assist in the development and evaluation of good anti-bullying policies. Knowing about the nature and prevalence of bullying in a school and how students are affected can provide basic data that are valuable in understanding the issue. Canvassing the opinions of teachers and parents on individual relevant aspects of the problem adds to the data.

Surveys can also help greatly in evaluating the policy and the actions taken by the school and provide grounds for any further policy improvements. They can also be used to keep the Governing Council reliably informed.

Why conduct surveys as to theprevalenceofbullyinginyour school?

Questionnaires relating to bullying in schools can serve a number of purposes.

Use of questionnaires helps to raise awareness of bullying going on in a school, the forms it is taking, and the effects it is having on vulnerable students. Without such awareness in school and the school community, a whole-school approach to bullying cannot take place. Questions that enable students to relate their experiences and describe their feelings are often the most important in raising awareness.

●The results of surveys enable schools to identify groups for whom the problem is most severe (eg according to years, gender and/or ethnicity). This information enables schools toprioritise targets.

● The use of surveys provides a means of monitoring changes over time in response to antibullying programs. This can occur only if the measures are reliable and appropriate research designs and valid statistical analyses are undertaken.

●Questionnaires can involve parents and gain their cooperation. Schools can also greatly benefit from the knowledge, experience and understanding of parents.

● The results of surveys provide teachers with a better understanding of the attitudes and...
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