Exploring the Bullying and Cyberbullying Experiences of Secondary Students in an Alternative Education Program
Antifaiff, Chelsey V.
The purpose of the present study was to explore how secondary students enrolled in an Alternative Education Program use technology, their online experiences, and their perceptions and experiences related to bullying and cyberbullying. Seven secondary students enrolled in an Alternative Education Program were interviewed. A basic qualitative interpretive research design was used to explore and understand the perceptions and experiences of the students interviewed for this study (Merriam & Tisdell, 2016). Three themes emerged from participant interviews using social-ecological theory as the theoretical framework for analyzing the data: (1) Navigating the complexities of technology usage; (2) The multiple facets of bullying: Victims, bystanders, and peer aggression; and (3) It could be anyone: The emotional experiences of cyberbullying victims and bystanders. The current study’s findings have contributed to research in the area of technology use, online experiences, and the bullying and cyberbullying experiences of secondary students in an Alternative Education Program, and the findings have several implications for educators and recommendations for future research.
DegreeMaster of Education (M.Ed.)
DepartmentEducational Psychology and Special Education
ProgramSchool and Counselling Psychology
CommitteeMcIntyre, Laureen; Balzer, Geraldine; Martin, Stephanie
Copyright DateJune 2018
Alternative Education Program