Copublished With Corwin Press This practical guide to dealing with bullying in secondary schools examines the nature of the secondary school and the typology of the adolescent.

How Teachers Contribute to a Bullying Culture

How teachers contribute to a bullying culture


As with parenting, teaching styles can be categorized into three types:

  • authoritarian;
  • permissive; and
  • authoritative.

An analysis of the literature on good teaching practice and styles reveals universal support for an authoritative style. The authoritative teacher is demonstrably in control of the classroom environment, and has a clear agenda and purpose, while encouraging the individual members of the class to develop their self-determination and independence within reasonable boundaries.

The competence and motivation of most teachers means that the majority of our classrooms are safe places. Most class settings do not naturally develop a bullying culture. However, all teachers need to be aware of the correlation between their style of classroom management and the development ...

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