n South African Journal of Education - Free State educators' experiences and recognition of bullying at schools

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-0100
  • E-ISSN: 2076-3433



In South Africa little research has been conducted into bullying and particularly into South African educators' experiences of school bullying. In an attempt to address this hiatus in the literature on bullying, I report on an investigation into Free State educators' experiences and recognition of school bullying. The research instrument was an adapted version of the Delaware Bullying Questionnaire, altered from a learner to an educator self-reporting questionnaire. The first important result from the research was that Free State educators had frequently witnessed learners being physically and verbally abused by fellow learners. Secondly, it was found that more than half of the respondents had been victims of direct verbal educator-targeted bullying. Thirdly, the results of the study indicated that verbal and physical bullying of learners by their educators was not an uncommon occurrence in some Free State schools. Finally, some recommendations regarding the protection of the rights of educators and learners to work and play in a bully-free milieu are given.

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