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Researching bullying with students : a lens on everyday life in an innovative school.

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posted on 2008-03-01, 00:00 authored by P Thomson, H Gunter
Bullying is a serious problem in schools. This paper reports on a project in which the authors worked with a group of secondary students in an innovative school in the north of England to research issues of bullying and safety. The student researchers used photographs to stimulate conversations with focus groups of their peers. The data showed that while there was little serious bullying in the school, there was an everyday practice of name-calling, isolation, and physical hassling associated with the formation and maintenance of a hierarchy of sub-cultural groupings in the school. The students’ research not only challenges the notion of bullying as necessarily involving a perpetrator and victim, but also offers a lens through which to examine the imbrication of educational differentiation via setting, testing and choice with youth identification practices. It is suggested that this project also has implications for the ways in which one understands and works for inclusion.

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Journal

International journal of inclusive education

Volume

12

Issue

2

Pagination

185 - 200

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Abingdon, England

ISSN

0022-0620

eISSN

1478-7431

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2008, Taylor & Francis

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