Date of Award

2-23-2010

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Elizabeth Madson Ankeny

Abstract

This study examines the perspective of bullying according to students' who are labeled with Asperger syndrome. Bullying is a growing problem in our schools today that greatly affects a student's education and life. The results are traumatic and linger for extensive periods of time, greatly affecting the student's education both short and long term. For this study, I conducted my research utilizing an action research oriented framework. As part of my action research, I obtained and evaluated data utilizing the qualitative research and analysis methodology. Through in-depth interviewing, students shared their perspective on bullying. Data was analyzed and various themes emerged. In the results, students shared insight in regards to strategies that educators could create and implement to reduce and prevent bullying. The results also include perspectives on the definition of bullying, why students bully, and who is responsible to prevent bullying. Findings include a significant revelation; from the perspective of students labeled with Asperger syndrome, educators are at fault and not doing enough to prevent bullying.

Identifier

SC 11.MAE.Barnick.RB

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