Capstone/Dissertation Title

Relational aggression: fifth grade teachers' perceptions of the social interactions of their female students

Term

2012

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Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, How do 5th grade teachers describe their experiences with the social interactions within their female students? The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of 5th grade teachers regarding the social interactions of their female students especially as it related to relational aggression and the strategies that are being utilized to address this issue. A key influence for this capstone was researcher Nicki Crick from the Crick Social Development Lab who is a pioneer in the study of relational aggression. The author developed a qualitative survey to gain understanding of 5th grade teacher's perspectives of the social interactions within their female students. Results from the study indicated that relational aggression was a common occurrence within 5th grade female students, and that 5th grade teachers lacked specific training on relational aggression interventions.

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