Date Presented

Spring 4-1-2007

Document Type

Thesis

Access Type

1

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Education

First Advisor

Jeanne Booth

Second Advisor

Greg Martin

Third Advisor

Katherine Gray

Abstract

School bullying has often been tacitly minimalized as a rite of passage—an unfortunate but common experience among children. In the past few years there has been an increasing awareness of school bullying as a catalyst of school violence. Parents, school boards, and administrators are understanding and taking more seriously the negative impact that bullying has on victimized students and are actively looking for ways to reduce incidents of such violence. This research provides a discussion of bullying behavior and an examination of teachers’ perceptions of the effectiveness of bullying prevention programs in their schools. If teachers do not feel that a program is valuable in their school, they are less likely to integrate it properly into their curriculum. The two schools surveyed in the study did not have any difference in the teacher perceptions of the effectiveness of the programs, only in the awareness that there was a formal program in the school.