Bullying Research Ideas

Case Studies:  Explore research questions related to bullying in a group of schools.  Analyze data collected across these schools in connection with these questions. 

Chronicle Students’ Responses to Case Study Scenarios:  Present case studies including bullying scenarios and have students decide a course of action, explaining why they chose the action.

Ethnography:  Conduct ethnographic research in a school or schools where student interactions are described on busses, in classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, and school grounds.

Gather Data like those presented at Bullying and Harassment at School Kids Count Website and present these on a website.

Implement an Anti-Bullying Program and assess its impact using an experimental or pre-post test design.

Interview:  Individual students could be interviewed and their experiences described in detail in connection with their roles in the bullying cycle.  Students in elementary (Grades 3-5) and secondary schools (Grades 6-12) could be interviewed.  Young adults (18 to 25 years) who have experienced bullying in their youth could also be interviewed and asked to recall their experiences. Those interviewed should be from representative racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

Secondary Data Analysis: Analyze data from the Health Behaviors in School-Age Children (HBSC) 2005/2006 Survey: School Report or the Educational Longitudinal Study with questions related to bullying and its consequences for the school environment, the home, and the community.

Survey Students:  Purchase and use an available survey such as the Olweus’ School Survey to assess school climate and prevalence of bullying.  Or request access to a survey prepared for KON in connection with this project.  Note:  Individual school districts may have their own bullying surveys that could be accessed and analyzed and may have assessment offices who will review any surveys used with schools within them.  School administrators, faculty and support staff could also be surveyed at a target school.