Bullying among Female Elementary Students with and without Learning Disabilities: An Exploration

By Poonam C. Dev and Sarah Burdulis.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Any form of aggressive behavior with an imbalance of power is generally considered to be bullying. Direct bullying has been defined as an open attack on the victim - kicking, pushing, hitting, teasing, taunting, mocking, threatening and intimidating (Atlas & Pepler, 1998). Teacher education and effective classroom management have been successful in reducing bullying among students with and without learning disabilities (Arbelo & McDermott, 2005; Kuhne & Wiener, 2000; Roland & Galloway, 2002). Participants in this study were two female, African-American, fourth grade students who attended an urban elementary public school in western New York. Data were gathered through observation, survey and an interview. Results showed that both students were bullied by their peers when the teacher’s attention was directed elsewhere and that the student with learning disabilities was bullied three times more frequently than the student without.

Keywords: Learning Disabilities, Bullying Among Girls

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 9, pp.215-218. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 511.417KB).

Prof. Poonam C. Dev

Associate Professor, School of Education, Nazareth College of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA

Poonam Dev is Associate Professor of Education and was Director of the special education clinic for five years at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. Her publications and presentations focus on issues related to teacher education for inclusive settings and intrinsic motivation of students with learning disabilities.

Sarah Burdulis

Teacher, Rochester City School District, Rochester, New York, USA

Sarah Burdulis (nee Anschutz) is an inclusive educator in upstate New York. She graduated with her Master's degree in education from Nazareth College in 2005.


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