Back to the basics
A great deal of research has been done into bullying. But many of these studies target the (quantitative) registering of bullying or its consequences. Research is also being done into the effectiveness of anti-bullying programmes.
Many questions about bullying remain unanswered. For instance, there is a lack of clarity about why children bully others, as well as about which factors influence bullying
Important research questions are:
What are the basic causes and motives underlying bullying?
How do teacher attitudes and behaviour influence bullying in the classroom?
To find answers to these questions, we are working with the Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands and started research in 2013.
Follow our research findings in the future on this page.
Effectiveness and categorisation
Alongside research into the basic motives, during workshops and courses we also study how teachers observe and recognise behaviour.
There are three reasons for this research:
· We want to know how teachers recognise bullying and how they distinguish it from other comparable behaviour like teasing and playing. And whether we can detect patterns that reveal whether teachers are looking out for the correct signs.
· We also want to gain insight into whether we can influence bullying using observational training and techniques
· We are curious to see whether there are differences in observing and defining social behaviour like bullying, related to teacher gender and working experience, and the group that is being taught.
“Psychologists have their work cut out with the ‘bully’ problem, the educationalists are fighting and even preventing it. Educationalists themselves say they are focused on dealing with it.
I just wonder on what basis they do so when there is no sound description of group behaviour. Those who condemn bullying from the very start and fight it will not easily find out what a bully achieves with it in the short term and what the adaptive value of bullying is in the long term.
Educationalists, psychologists and teachers are committed to helping victims and fighting bullying. Only one thing is missing and that is the foundation on which all these programmes to fight bullying are based; research into biological behaviour in the schoolyard.”
Apes bully too, yet it never escalates. What can we learn from this?