In-Service Teacher Training Program Development Study to Prevent Peer Bullying

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Taneri P. O., Özbek Ö. Y., Akduman N.

Uluslararası Eğitim Programları ve Öğretim Çalışmaları Dergisi, vol.11, no.2, pp.147-166, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier


Peer bullying is a problem that is difficult to notice and is increasingly

affecting the health of society. Responding to peer bullying requires the

determination and intense effort of school administrators, teachers,

parents, and other school staff. Teachers who feel more competent about

bullying are more likely to intervene in situations of bullying and

victimization situations. However, many teachers have difficulty

diagnosing bullying, do not know how to cope with bullying, or have

trouble applying coping methods. This study aims to introduce the inservice

teacher training program to prevent peer bullying. This program

was developed using a problem-centered education program design. The

content was determined with a thematic approach. The values

emphasized by this program, the tools and methods it proposes, and the

outcomes of the program reflect the progressive and existentialist

perspectives. As a result of the evaluation of the program, it was seen

that the in-service training program effectively improved teachers'

competencies by increasing their awareness of peer bullying and

combating bullying. It is recommended that future studies should be

conducted in broad scope, including developing the competencies of

teachers in dealing with cyberbullying that increased during online