Capstone/Dissertation Title

Adult roles in connecting and preventing bullying with middle schoolers

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how does a group of middle school learners describe the reasons for bullying and ways to reduce it? The inspiration for this capstone was the struggle to effectively manage teasing, bullying, and harassment in a middle school. This capstone details the dynamics of a suburban middle school as the author creates a girls' running group as a means to hold a focus group and discuss this social predicament. The qualitative method was used to gather and determine the focus groups' responses to written and oral questions. She concludes that: defining teasing, bullying, and harassment is a struggle for students and experts in the field, school wide expectations and routines used by staff needs to be consistent, and empowering students and staff can make a difference in the climate of a middle school.

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