Deadly playgrounds: relief teachers and reporting of bullying incidents in Victorian primary schools

Hallgarten, Kathleen F (2007) Deadly playgrounds: relief teachers and reporting of bullying incidents in Victorian primary schools. Research Master thesis, Victoria University.

Abstract

By 2006, all schools in Australia had implemented anti-bullying programs under the National Safe School Framework (NSSF). This research focuses on Casual Relief Teachers (CRTs), their reporting of bullying in primary school playgrounds in Victoria, and the impact of anti-bullying programs. While CRTs possessed a personal definition and understanding of bullying, they lacked an understanding of school policy and procedures at the schools in which they were employed. Many CRTs, especially those educated outside Australia, did not have the training or experience needed to identify and address bullying behaviour. The CRTs in many cases did not recognise, or chose not to respond to, non-physical forms of bullying. The schools in the study used a ‘whole school’ approach, though the focus ranged from ‘Zero Tolerance’ to ‘No Blame’ or ‘Method of Shared Concern’. CRTs were normally not informed about the schools’ programs and procedures on bullying, especially with respect to yard duty. In this situation, principals and permanent staff need to look at how they interact with and include CRTs as members of the school community and provide them with clear expectations and training regarding programs being utilised to combat bullying.

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
URI http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1510
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Keywords casual relief teachers (CRTs), bullying in schools, anti-bullying programs, Victoria
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