The Prevalence and Effectiveness of Anti-Bullying Strategies Employed in Australian Schools

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University of South Australia - Document Services, 2016 - Bullying in schools - 188 pages
The report examines the prevalence and effectiveness of anti-bullying policies being used in a convenience sample of Australian government schools in six state or territory educational jurisdictions. It has drawn upon the perceptions and experiences of a range of stakeholders, that is, schools, teachers, parents and educational administrators from a number of Australian states and territories. Online questionnaires were answered by 26 schools through a school representative in consultation with colleagues; 1688 students in Years 5 to 10; 451 teachers and 167 parents. In addition, interviews were conducted by telephone with 10 regional administrators/educational leaders. Both quantitative and qualitative methods of analyses were employed. Results were analysed in relation to type of school (primary, secondary and combined), disability, gender, ethnicity and year of schooling. The results provide an account of the social context in which bullying takes place. These include estimates on bullying prevalence, student responses to bullying and effects on student wellbeing. How schools are responding is then examined in relation to proactive approaches (i.e., preventing bullying) and reactive approaches (i.e., responding to cases of bullying) adopted by schools. [Executive summary, ed].

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