Date of Award

11-2008

Embargo Period

3-22-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) BEd (Primary) (Hons)

Faculty

Education

School

Education

First Advisor

Dr Vivienne Watts

ANZSRC / FoR Code

130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)

Abstract

The study identified and analysed the perceptions of students and teachers concerning the prevalence of bullying in one Australian primary school. Perceptions were identified utilising a mixed methods approach. Four teachers and 89 students completed questionnaires following which three teachers participated in focus group discussions. Findings established that a discrepancy existed between between the students and teachers perceptions of the exposure of 89 Year 3 and 4 students to peer victimisation. The identification of high levels of bullying in the school precinct was consistent with many other studies on this topic. This study supported the findings of a previous 2007 study in fiinding that the teachers in the group underestimated the number of students exposed to peer victimisation. However, this study was unique in including the perceptions of Year 3 students.

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