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|
Associate Professor, School of Education, Nazareth College of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA
Teacher, Rochester City School District, Rochester, New York, USA
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