Author Name: David R. Dupper
Posted: March 18, 2019
Course(s): EDUC 712O Bullying
My name is Dr. David Dupper, and my book is used in a course offered at Professional Development Courses at the University of La Verne. I want to let you know about my book and how it may be useful to teachers who wish to enroll in this course.
The reason I wrote this book is because bullying is one of the most prevalent and insidious forms of violence in schools today and the fact that many teachers and other school professionals lack sufficient understanding of the phenomenon of bullying as well as best practices in bullying prevention and intervention. In my book, I expand the current discussion of bullying in schools to include all the ways in which power is misused and abused in schools including adult-student relationships. Rather than a “rite of passage” and “normal part of growing up,” I argue that bullying must be viewed for what it is: a systematic abuse of power that impacts the learning environment of schools in profound ways.
I discuss bullying within the larger cultural context of the United States, and I also incorporate international perspectives on bullying. I utilize a whole-school approach as a framework for developing and implementing comprehensive interventions to combat bullying. A whole-school approach seeks to engage all members of the school community (e.g., students, teachers, staff, parents, community members) in developing a common vision and a commitment to combat all forms of bullying in schools. A whole-school approach seeks to change the entire culture and climate of the school.
I dispel myths about bullies, and I discuss the increasingly important role that peer witnesses play in combating bullying in schools. A unique feature of my book is the discussion of several “under-the-radar” forms of bullying in schools (i.e., religious bullying, bullying by teachers and other adults in schools). Perhaps most importantly, I discuss specific steps, based on best practices, that can be taken to combat all forms of bullying in schools in as comprehensive a manner as possible. My hope in writing this volume is that it will assist educators, parents, students, and other interested individuals to understand bullying in all its forms and complexity and to plan and implement comprehensive and effective interventions across a number of levels based on this complex understanding. I firmly believe that we have the knowledge and tools necessary to change our schools from a culture of bullying to a culture of compassion.
What a great course! Just finished. I highly recommend to anyone looking for current information on bullying. Refreshing.
Just signed up for the course 2 hours ago. Looking forward to the content.
Very timely. I'm a principal, and I look forward to enrolling in this course to help me with my middle school students. Thank you for this information.