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- This article concerns teacher related bullying at school. For bullying involving lecturers in higher education see Bullying in academia.
Incidence[edit | edit source]
- 15.5% of teachers stating they were currently being bullied
- 35.4% saying they had been bullied over the last five years.
Complex dynamics[edit | edit source]
- teachers may be bullied by: other teachers, students, office staff, principals, school governors and/or parents
- teachers may bully: other teachers, students and/or parents
- bullying teachers may themselves get bullied by others in turn
Staffroom bullying[edit | edit source]
Manifestations[edit | edit source]
- face-to-face confrontation
- cyber-bullying (including the use of text messaging or social networking sites).
- criticising their work
- making unreasonable demands on workload (see setting up to fail)
- sarcasm and jokes aimed at the victim
- undermining them by over-ruling their decisions and views.
Impacts[edit | edit source]
The possible impacts of bullying on teachers include:
- victimisation and victim blaming
- false accusations and fabricated formal disciplinary action
- stress symptoms such as anxiety, headaches, nausea, palpitations, and hypertension
- symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as a compromised immune system, sleep problems, excessive guilt, irritability, hypervigilance (which feels like paranoia, but isn't), constant anxiety, reactive depression and suicidal thoughts
- loss of self-esteem
- loss of job
In pop culture[edit | edit source]
Teachers being protrayed as bullies have made into popular culture, along with works with teachers being bullied by other teachers, students, and even the principal.
- Kids in America, a group of students with help from some teachers tries to stop their bully of a principal from becoming Superintendent, realizing the harm she can cause
- Matilda (film), based on the novel of the same name, a student with psychokinesis helps her follow students and a teacher to stop a cruel principal's regin of terror in the school.
- The Breakfast Club, Principal Vernon is often seen as a bully to the students serving detention.
- Mr. Woodcock, the film focuses on a man who is outraged that his former gym teacher, who bullied him and his classmates, is about to become his stepfather.
- ICarly, there has been episodes, like IHave My Principals, where Ms. Francine Briggs and Mr. Howard clearly bully students, including the main characters, one of whom, Sam, is a bully herself. Mr. Devlin and Lauren Ackerman also bullied the students.
- Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Mr. Sweeney, a science teacher, appears to be evil until the third season, where he appears to reform himself to the point of saving his students from Vice Principal Harvey Crubbs, who also bullies the students, mainly the main characters.
- Glee, the jocks bully the Glee club by giving them slushie facials but so does Sue Sylvester the Cheerios coach (season 1 and 2)
See also[edit | edit source]
- Personality disorders
- School bullying
- School violence
- Sexual harassment in education
- Sexual harassment and abuse of students by teachers
References[edit | edit source]
- Hoel, H. & Cooper, C.L. Destructive Conflict and Bullying at Work, Sponsored by the British Occupational Health Research Foundation, Manchester School of Management, UMIST (2000)
- BULLYING in the staffroom is having a deeply traumatic effect on some teachers and their families, new research reveals. Irish Independent April 14, 2009
- Parsons L Bullied Teacher, Bullied Student: How to Recognize the Bullying Culture in Your School and What to Do About It (2005)
- Terry AA Teachers as targets of bullying by their pupils : a study to investigate incidence British Journal of Educational Psychology 1998, Vol 68, No 2, Pages 255-268
- de Wet C The Reasons for and the Impact of Principal-on-Teacher Bullying on the Victims' Private and Professional Lives - Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, Vol 26 No 7 Pages 1450-1459 Oct 2010
- McEvoy A Teachers Who Bully Students: Patterns and Policy Implications - Hamilton Fish Institute’s Persistently Safe Schools Conference, Philadelphia, September 11-14, 2005
- Field T Staffroom bullying The Times Educational Supplement (TES) Magazine 21 June 2002
- Strickland S Bullies in the staff room The Independent 23 November 1995
- Dean C Call to beat the staffroom bullies The Times Educational Supplement (TES) 16 April 2004
- Being bullied in the staffroom BBC News 20 November 2006
- McCall B Staffroom suffering Education Guardian, 20 November 2006
- Lepkowska D The shocking stories of teacher-on-teacher bullying Secondary Education News (SecEd) 11 Nov 2010
- Munday K The Bullying of Teachers Through the Use of Formal Disciplinary Procedures 2003
Further reading[edit | edit source]
- Allen KP Classroom Management, Bullying, and Teacher Practices - The Professional Educator Volume 34, No. 1 Spring, 2010
- Barnes CA A study investigating the opinions and experiences OF selected teachers regarding teacher bullying - 2007
- Delfabbro P, Winefield T, Trainor S, Dollard M, Anderson S, Metzer J, Hammarstrom A Peer and teacher bullying/victimization of South Australian secondary school students: Prevalence and psychosocial profiles - British Journal of Educational Psychology 2006, Vol 76; Part 1, Pages 71-90
- Hepburn A Power lines: Derrida, discursive psychology and the management of accusations of teacher bullying - British Journal of Social Psychology Volume 39, Issue 4, Pages 605-628, December 2000
- Monsvold T, Bendixen M, Hagen R Exposure to teacher bullying in schools: A study of patients with personality disorders - Nordic Journal of Psychiatry 2011 Feb 25
- Twemlow SW, Fonagy P, Sacco FC, Brethour JR Jr. Teachers who bully students: A hidden trauma - International Journal of Social Psychiatry May 2006 Vol 52 No 3 Pages 187-198
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