A different kind of school bullying: Teacher-on-teacher mobbing

A different school bullying: Teacher-on-teacher

23rd November 2012, Comments 3 comments

A new survey of teachers in Germany found that 17.4% of them say they have been bullied -- and students are not the main culprit.

The survey conducted by Professor Reinhold Jäger of the University of Koblenz-Landau recorded the experiences of 1,831 German teachers. According to Die Welt, 54% of teachers who have been bullied say school management is behind the bullying, while 48% say the source is colleagues. Parents of students were given as the third largest source.

Mobile phones, e-mails and chat rooms offer new ways to spread rumors about people or harass them indirectly. Direct bullying is less subtle, and includes physical aggression, verbal attacks and shunning.

Teachers have a 28% more chance of being bullied in primary school than at secondary levels. Teachers in their 40s and up have a 56% higher chance of being bullied than younger teachers, and women 38% more than men.

A different kind of school bullying: Teacher-on-teacher mobbing
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Eight percent of those who were bullied said it took place over the Internet while 59% said it was direct with incidents. The forms it took were: gossip (54.7%), pressure (54.7%), being ignored (46.9%), being excluded (46.7%) and criticism of their work (54.4%).

Addressing the question of whether training teachers to deal with bullying helped to protect them from becoming targets, Professor Jäger found that this was mostly not the case. However, when schools introduced anti-bullying programs to raise general awareness about harassment and violence the chances of being bullying were reduced by half.

According to the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), "bullying doesn’t just happen, it’s the result of staff being unaware of the problem, badly organized work schedules, poor working atmosphere.”



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3 Comments To This Article

  • Christine Harris posted:

    on 28th November 2012, 14:48:12 - Reply

    It is imperative that teachers and students participate in ongoing bullying awareness programs
  • jc posted:

    on 24th November 2012, 01:22:06 - Reply

    Dr. Antonia Demas conducted a pilot program for youthful offenders at Bay Point School, a controlled residence for select male juvenile delinquents. Incorporating the principles of her curriculum, Demas' results were astounding: Grade point averages increased, athletic performance and strength improved, aggressive behavior declined, acne cleared, excess weight came down, and every single one of the participants reported general improvements in well-being.
  • jc posted:

    on 24th November 2012, 01:21:14 - Reply

    A high school in Appleton, Wisconsin tried an experiment under the enlightened guidance of their principal, LuAnn Coenen. She wanted to see if she could positively affect the fighting, weapons-carrying and general lack of focus and discipline in the school by changing the food the kids ate.

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