Preventing and confronting school bullying : a comparative study of two national programmes in Norway.
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Original versionStephens, P. (2011) Preventing and confronting school bullying : a comparative study of two national programmes in Norway. British Educational Research Journal, 37(3) pp. 381-404 10.1080/01411921003692868
Efforts to prevent and curb school bullying have resulted in a proliferation of anti-school-bullying programmes, many based on intuitive appeal rather than systematic evidence. This article presents a comparative analysis of two Norwegian programmes whose developers have demonstrated the effectiveness of their interventions: the Olweus Programme and the Zero Programme. By probing the key components of these programmes, the article provides schools with information about two prominent anti-school-bullying programmes that, to varying degrees, and mainly based on quantitative evaluations, have been found to work. In weighing up the potential of lesson drawing (both nationally and cross-nationally), schools will attach significance to the probability of positive effects, to issues concerning intensity of implementation, and to the prospect of adapting programme content to school culture and school-specific problems. It is important too that schools keep up to date with current research in the field, including studies that offer qualitative insights.
This is an electronic copy of an article originally published by Taylor & Francis; see DOI: 10.1080/01411921003692868.