Bullying in schools: An overview

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Ken Seeley, Ed.D.
Martin L. Tombari, Ph.D.
Laurie J. Bennett, J.D., Ph.D


Researchers from the National Center for School Engagement conducted a quantitative study to examine the impact of bullying on student engagement, attendance, and achievement and two qualitative studies to explore instructional, interpersonal, and structural factors at school that affect the connection between bullying and school attendance. The researchers found that a caring school community, in which students are challenged academically and supported by the adults, can serve as a powerful antidote to the process by which victimization distances students from learning and contributes to myriad other problems, including truancy and academic failure.

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