Middle School Principals' Responses to Bullying: Comparing School Bullying Incidents and Their Perceived Seriousness

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Title:
Middle School Principals' Responses to Bullying: Comparing School Bullying Incidents and Their Perceived Seriousness
Author:
Hurley, Cynthia Tallis
Issue Date:
2012
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
Research on principals' perceptions and responses to school bullying is scarce. This study investigated the perceptions of seven middle school principals and their responses to six hypothetical vignettes depicting incidents of physical, verbal, or relational bullying. During interviews, respondents were asked to rate the seriousness of each incident and describe how they would respond. Respondents rated all the incidents, regardless of the form of bullying, as moderately serious, serious, or very serious. When asked to describe how they would respond to incidents, all responded they would take action (e.g., consequences for the instigator, interventions to change the behavior of the instigator, support for the target). State statute on bullying, school anti-bullying policies, past experience with bullying, and a belief that students deserve to feel safe were key to guiding their responses. The principals recognized that bullying occurred on their campuses but indicated that incidents were minimized as a result of their strong school anti-bullying polices and a belief that no form of bullying was to be tolerated on their campuses.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
School Bullying; Educational Leadership; Middle School Principals; Principal Perceptions of Bullying
Degree Name:
Ed.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Educational Leadership
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Bosworth, Kris

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleMiddle School Principals' Responses to Bullying: Comparing School Bullying Incidents and Their Perceived Seriousnessen_US
dc.creatorHurley, Cynthia Tallisen_US
dc.contributor.authorHurley, Cynthia Tallisen_US
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractResearch on principals' perceptions and responses to school bullying is scarce. This study investigated the perceptions of seven middle school principals and their responses to six hypothetical vignettes depicting incidents of physical, verbal, or relational bullying. During interviews, respondents were asked to rate the seriousness of each incident and describe how they would respond. Respondents rated all the incidents, regardless of the form of bullying, as moderately serious, serious, or very serious. When asked to describe how they would respond to incidents, all responded they would take action (e.g., consequences for the instigator, interventions to change the behavior of the instigator, support for the target). State statute on bullying, school anti-bullying policies, past experience with bullying, and a belief that students deserve to feel safe were key to guiding their responses. The principals recognized that bullying occurred on their campuses but indicated that incidents were minimized as a result of their strong school anti-bullying polices and a belief that no form of bullying was to be tolerated on their campuses.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectSchool Bullyingen_US
dc.subjectEducational Leadershipen_US
dc.subjectMiddle School Principalsen_US
dc.subjectPrincipal Perceptions of Bullyingen_US
thesis.degree.nameEd.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Leadershipen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorBosworth, Krisen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBauman, Sherien_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBrunderman, Lynnetteen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBosworth, Krisen_US
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