Examining the lived experience of bullying: A review of the literature from an Australian perspective

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Mitchell, Donna and Borg, Tracey. (2013). Examining the lived experience of bullying: A review of the literature from an Australian perspective. Pastoral Care in Education: an international journal of personal, social and emotional development. 31(2), pp. 142 - 155. https://doi.org/10.1080/02643944.2012.747554
AuthorsMitchell, Donna and Borg, Tracey
Abstract

Bullying in schools is a significant and continuing issue in education. This is despite widespread attention within the professional education community and beyond, into the wider public arena. In this paper, we review the existing literature on bullying in schools, with a particular focus on the Australian secondary school context, to develop a position that questions the bully/victim binary pervading public discourse and educational research. In doing this, we identify common themes within the literature including: definitions of bullying; responses and interventions to bullying; discourses of bullying in schools; and the role of stakeholders involved in managing and responding to bullying incidents. Based on this review, we argue that much of the literature approaches the topic from an individual and psychological point of view, and there are multiple problems related to both methodology and representation. There appears to be an absence of research about the broader social contexts and processes in which bullying occurs, while there is a strong argument for its importance. From this basis, we briefly speculate on alternative approaches that potentially address such concerns and allow for new approaches to a continuing problem, in Australia and internationally.

Year2013
JournalPastoral Care in Education: an international journal of personal, social and emotional development
Journal citation31 (2), pp. 142 - 155
ISSN0264-3944
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02643944.2012.747554
Page range142 - 155
Research GroupSchool of Education
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