Answered By: Sarah Morehouse
Last Updated: Nov 13, 2015     Views: 323

We often get a question about the assignment that requires you to get scholarly articles about two anti-bullying programs in schools. 

If you have a particular anti-bullying program or school district in mind, you may or may not be able to find a scholarly article about it. Just because something exists doesn't mean that a researcher has studied it and published about it. But it is always worth a look.

StopBullying.gov is a good place get background information, such as a particular state's laws and policies about bullying, types of anti-bullying programs, and what are the best practices for preventing and stopping bullying. While it is not a scholarly source, it is a web site created by the US Department of Health and Human Services, and can be considered reliable and high quality.

Next you may want to find out what kinds of anti-bullying programs are out there. For-profit companies who come into a school district? Non-profit organizations who come into a school district? Or something that is built up within the school district? Does it focus on educating the bullies in how to be better people, or does it focus on educating the bullying victims to stand up for themselves? Or does it focus on the school community as a whole? 

Here are some examples of outside groups that come into a school district and set up/conduct an anti-bullying program. If you want to find more, it's easy. Just Google "anti-bullying program" and see what pops up. Some of your search results will be organizations and companies like these:

Just bear in mind that the vast majority of anti-bullying programs are done "in house" by the school or the school district. 

But you need scholarly articles! We have three databases of articles on education topics, and fortunately, you can search all of them at once. 

  1. Go to the library web site (http://www.esc.edu/library) and click Article Databases.
  2. Either use the search box at the top to search for your database by its name, or scroll down to EBSCOhost and click that. Log in with your college login and password, if it asks you to.
  3. Put a check in the checkbox for Education Full-text, Education Research Complete, and ERIC. Then scroll down and click the Continue button.
  4. Now you can do your keyword search. Here is some information about how to keyword search: http://subjectguides.esc.edu/researchskillstutorial/conceptchart and http://subjectguides.esc.edu/researchskillstutorial/boolean.

On the left side of your search results list, you can click the check-box to eliminate all the non-scholarly articles from your search results. You can also narrow it down by publication date so that you have only articles published in the last 2 years, or 5 years, or whatever you prefer. Here is more information on that - http://subjectguides.esc.edu/ebsco.

Two other kinds of sources you may wish to explore:

  1. News articles on the topic. Try the National Newspapers database. You can get to it by going to the library web site and clicking Newspapers. Then scroll down and click National Newspapers; log in; and do your keyword search.
    • News articles are not scholarly but they can be very useful, and the newspapers in this database are reliable and high quality.
  2. Items from the Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Go to the library web site; click Article Databases; scroll down to Opposing Viewpoints; click it; and log in. Here is a tutorial on how to use it: http://subjectguides.esc.edu/opposingviewpoints.
    • Some Opposing Viewpoints materials are scholarly; some are not.

Here are some hot topics you may wish to explore:

  • Do anti-bullying programs actually work? Which kinds work best?
  • Cyberbulling/online bullying
  • Bullying and its relationship to sexual harassment, misogyny, sexism, rape culture
  • Bullying and its relationship to racism or ethnic/religious tensions in the school
  • Bullying that takes place outside the school, and whether/how the school should intervene
  • Bullying based on the person's sexuality and gender identity
  • Bullying of students with disabilities
  • Bullying BY students with disabilities
  • CPTSD (complex post-traumatic stress disorder) and lifelong effects of being bullied
  • Do child bullies grow up to be adult bullies or do they/some of them change?
  • Whether bullies have low self-esteem and a history of being victims themselves, or are they actually narcissists and psychopaths?
  • The problem of victim-blaming and placing the burden of stopping bullying on the victims of bullies
  • How does school bullying resemble workplace bullying/mobbing?
  • What if the teacher/administrator is the bully?
  • Economic "game theory" (sometimes called strategic thinking), the idea of the "bad-faith actor" and bullying.
  • The Christian Right's opposition to anti-bullying programs.

Also, here is an ebook you might be interested in: Bullying, Victimization, and Peer Harassment: A Handbook of Prevention and Intervention

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