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“They are teaching us to deliver lessons and that is not all that teaching is …”: Exploring teacher trainees’ language for peer victimisation in schools

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Original languageEnglish
Article number102988
Number of pages10
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Early online date10 Dec 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Dec 2019


This paper reports on qualitative findings from the larger Safe Schools Longitudinal Study and explores what trainee teachers understand by the term ‘bullying’, its prevalence, and the barriers to responding to it. Twenty-four teacher trainees at an Initial Teacher Education programme in Scotland took part in two waves of qualitative interviews three years apart. Findings show trainee teachers use the term ‘bullying’ to cover a range of behaviours - with uncertainty around whether verbal insults are bullying. Key factors that impact teacher responses are discussed - with the attitude of the head teacher being pivotal to school climate.

    Research areas

  • bullying, initial teacher education, peer victimisation, teacher training, violence in schools

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