Physical Education Teachers’ Perceptions of and Strategies for Managing Bullying: The Influence of Socialization

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to investigate how teachers’ socialization experiences influence their perceptions of and responses to bullying. Methods: Thirty in-service physical education teachers were recruited to participate. One semi-structured, individual interview was conducted with each participant lasting approximately 60 minutes. Data analysis employed inductive and deductive techniques. Results: Two themes emerged that described teachers’ perceptions of and responses to bullying. These themes included: (a) socialization experiences and socializing agents influence teachers’ perceptions and behaviors in relation to bullying, and (b) teachers have developed strategies to address bullying but also experience significant challenges. Discussion: The current study suggests that while enrolled in a physical education teacher education program, preservice teachers should be provided greater knowledge about and strategies for addressing bullying. In-service teachers are encouraged to pursue professional development that increases their self-efficacy in managing bullying.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
DOIs
StateE-pub ahead of print - Jan 19 2024

Keywords

  • Authoritarianism
  • bullying
  • class management
  • occupational socialization theory
  • physical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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