Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Not just a rite of passage: An action research project on bullying prevention
by Brist, Todd L., Ed.D., Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, 2015, 322; 3686634
Abstract (Summary)

Using action research design and methodology, the goal of this project was to reduce and prevent bullying at a rural middle school in South Dakota through the implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). This project was rooted in replication of Dr. Dan Olweus' seminal work on bullying prevention, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. N = 521 students participated in the project. The OBPP Implementation Flowchart and OBPP Scope and Sequence guided implementation. Despite a high degree of fidelity of implementation on the OBPP Readiness Assessment, OBPP Classroom Implementation Checklist, and OBPP First Year Checklist, the results on the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire (OBQ) were mixed with some key indicators showing an increase in bullying behaviors. However, the results are limited due to the OBPP's propensity to bring about increased recognition and reporting of bullying behaviors in the first year as a result of skills and strategies learned through class meetings. Additional time and study are recommended in order to draw definitive conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of the OBPP. Other recommendations for further study include: improved fidelity of implementation and the addition of a prosocial skills/character education component to support the tenets of the OBPP.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sheedy, Patrick D.
Commitee: Feder-Lewis, Sonia N., McClure, John, Pye, Yvette L.
School: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 76/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social research, Middle School education, School administration
Keywords: Action research, Bullying, Bullying prevention, Olweus bullying prevention program, Olweus, dan
Publication Number: 3686634
ISBN: 9781321634419
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