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Understanding Bystander Perceptions of Cyberbullying in Inclusive Classroom Settings

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dc.contributor.advisor Mastropieri, Margo A. Guckert, Mary
dc.creator Guckert, Mary en_US 2013-08-09T15:36:33Z 2013-08-09T15:36:33Z 2013 en_US
dc.description.abstract Cyberbullying is a pervasive problem that puts students at risk of successful academic outcomes and the ability to feel safe in school. As most students with disabilities are served in inclusive classrooms, there is a growing concern that students with special needs are at an increased risk of online bullying harassment. Enhancing responsible bystander behavior can be an effective factor in combating cyberbullying. This qualitative case study examined bystander perceptions of cyberbullying of 11 students with and without disabilities and 9 general and special educators from 14 different schools located on the Eastern seaboard. Specifically, a case study analysis including interviews, artifacts, and member checks was completed using a grounded theory and constant comparative method of analysis. Four key themes related to cyberbullying were identified: (a) conditions facilitate cyberbullying among students with and without disabilities in inclusive settings, (b) awareness of cyberbullying influences perceptions, (c) key factors influence bystander perceptions and reactions, and (d) adolescent bystanders react as active interveners, passive witnesses, and bystander bullies, while teachers are proactive or reactive. Implications for research, policy, schools, and teachers are discussed. Limitations and suggestions for future research are also presented.
dc.format.extent 396 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2013 Mary Guckert en_US
dc.subject Special education en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Teacher education en_US
dc.subject bystander en_US
dc.subject cyberbullying en_US
dc.subject inclusive classroom en_US
dc.subject special education en_US
dc.subject student perceptions en_US
dc.subject teacher perceptions en_US
dc.title Understanding Bystander Perceptions of Cyberbullying in Inclusive Classroom Settings en_US
dc.type Dissertation en Doctoral en Education en George Mason University en

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