An Investigation of Middle School Teachers' Perceptions on Bullying

Stewart Waters, Natalie Mashburn


This study investigated rural middle school teachers’ perspectives regarding bullying. It gathered information about the teachers’ definitions of bullying, where bullying occurs in their school, and how to prevent bullying. Peer-reviewed literature associated with this topic was studied in order to achieve a broader understanding of bullying and to develop a self-administered survey addressing these issues. A total of 21 teachers participated in the survey and the results of this study convey the need to recognize bullying in many forms, appropriately address bullying when it occurs, and incorporate preventive actions that will discourage bullying and encourage acceptance.


Bullying; Middle School; Teacher Preparation

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