n South African Journal of Education - Educators' perceptions on bullying prevention strategies




I report on an investigation into a group of Free State educators' recognition of bullying, their reactions to incidences of bullying, and their perceptions of the effectiveness of a number of bullying prevention strategies. The research instrument was a synthesis of the Delaware Research Questionnaire and questions based on findings from previous research on bullying in the Free State. The first important result was that Free State educators had frequently witnessed learners being physically and verbally abused by fellow learners. The second was that more than 80% of the respondents were willing to intervene in such cases. Thirdly, the results indicated that the respondents saw parental involvement as critical in preventing bullying. Finally, some comments and recommendations are made regarding the role of parents, educators, the police, and learners in the prevention of bullying.


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