Increasing teacher education students' awareness of effective strategies to reduce and prevent school bullying

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A short film "Boys Grammar" was released on national television to heighten public awareness of damaging effects of bullying on children today (Francis & Davis, 2005). One message from the film was that victims felt teachers did not respond effectively when bullying occurred. Another message from 87% of teachers was that they do not have the skills to handle bullying and they are appealing for more training (Dake, Price, & Telljohann, 2003). Although the Australian Government has invested significant funds in providing programs to help schools to eradicate the problem, one in five students are still regularly bullied in schools (Ellis, 2004). A compulsory assignment for 156 Bachelor of Education students studying a unit of Child Development and Learning investigated the topic of bullying. The task elements were a thorough literature review, a critique of educational applications; an academic reflection, and a personal reflection of the impact of bullying on their own lives. A compilation of valuable elements gleaned from these assignment elements were linked to current literature on the promotion of positive, proactive, and preventative teaching and learning environments for Australian schoolchildren.


School of Education

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