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Towards an Inclusive Understanding of Bullying: Identifying Conceptions and Practice in the Primary School Workforce

Woolley, Richard ORCID: (2018) Towards an Inclusive Understanding of Bullying: Identifying Conceptions and Practice in the Primary School Workforce. Educational Review, 71 (6). pp. 730-747. ISSN 0013-1911 Online: 1465-3397

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Bullying is defined in a variety of ways in different contexts, and each individual school in England is required to develop its own working definition, parameters and policy. This paper explores a variety of definitions from government and third sector organisations in the UK, making comparison with those from other contexts. In particular, it considers whether bullying is repeated behaviour or experience, and how labels such as target, victim and perpetrator have the potential to damage individual identities. It highlights common themes and differences across definitions and interpretations, comparing them with those of staff (n =131) drawn from research in 16 schools in one large local authority area in England, detailing their conceptions and experiences of bullying. These staff identify whether, where and how bullying is encountered in their settings, how they address such issues, and whether there are particular stimuli on which they focus. It concludes that a redeveloped, clear and understandable definition of bullying is needed that is accessible to all stakeholders in schools, including children. This needs to be inclusive in its focus, unambiguous and applicable across a broad range of settings, leaving aside the historical baggage associated with the subject.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: bullying, primary education, teachers, school staff, defining bullying
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Richard Woolley
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2018 08:46
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:23

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