Gender, Bullying, and Harassment: Strategies to End Sexism and Homophobia in Schools [NOOK Book]

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While there have been countless studies of bullying and harassment in schools, none have examined the key gender issues related to these behaviors. In her new book, Meyer does just that and offers readers tangible and flexible suggestions to help them positively transform the culture of their school and reduce the incidences of gendered harassment.  The text features sections that speak specifically to administrators, teachers, counselors, student leaders, and community and ...

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Gender, Bullying, and Harassment: Strategies to End Sexism and Homophobia in Schools

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Overview

While there have been countless studies of bullying and harassment in schools, none have examined the key gender issues related to these behaviors. In her new book, Meyer does just that and offers readers tangible and flexible suggestions to help them positively transform the culture of their school and reduce the incidences of gendered harassment.  The text features sections that speak specifically to administrators, teachers, counselors, student leaders, and community and family members. 


Integrating research, theory, and practical ideas connected to issues of sex, gender, sexual orientation, bullying, and harassment, this timely book:



  • Defines important terms, such as bullying, (hetero)sexual harassment, sexual-orientation harassment, and harassment because of gender nonconformity.

  • Provides an easy-to-read overview of the legal issues involved in addressing gender and harassment in schooling.

  • Offers an annotated list of educational resources on homophobia, sexual harassment, and bullying, as well as a detailed checklist of steps to aid educators reduce gendered harassment in their schools.


Elizabeth J. Meyer is an instructor at McGill University and a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. 


“In this smart, brave book, Elizabeth Meyer speaks clearly and sensibly about differences that make a difference in children’s school lives.”

—From the Foreword by Lyn Mikel Brown, Professor of Education, Colby College; author of Girlfighting


"Bullying and harassment remain serious impediments to learning for far too many students. In this thoughtful book, Dr. Meyer helps  readers understand why this troubling behavior occurs and persists,  and offers clear and easy-to-implement action steps for both individuals and institutions that are truly committed to creating  environments where everyone can learn."

Kevin Jennings, Founder, The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)


“In an accessible yet theoretically sound manner, Meyer creates a discourse that defines, identifies, and mentors us in tackling the insidious effects of bullying and harassment.”

Shirley R. Steinberg, Academic Director, The Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy



”Meyer's work moves the bullying discussion far beyond worry, fear, and ignorance—she demands that we contextually understand both the cause and effects involved in this societal ill, then instructs us in efforts to end it.”

Joe L. Kincheloe, Canada Research Chair, McGill University


"Elizabeth Meyer's important new work reflects an incisive understanding of adolescent peer dynamics. She deepens our understanding of the ways harassment limits the potential of every student. Meyer's powerful argument—that anti-gay harassment polices help all of us—is original and undeniable."

Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807771143
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 485 KB

Table of Contents

Foreword Lyn Mikel Brown vii

Preface ix

Introduction to the Problem x

Research Methods xi

Structure of the Book xiii

Conclusion xv

Acknowledgments xvii

1 The Effects of Gender on Bullying and Harassment 1

The Differences Between Bullying, Harassment, and Gendered Harassment 1

Understanding the Scope of the Problem 2

Sexual Orientation Harassment 5

Harassment for Gender Nonconformity or Transphobic Harassment 6

(Hetero) Sexual Harassment 9

Conclusion 11

2 What We Know About Gender, Bullying, and Harassment 12

Bullying 12

Sexual Harassment 17

Sexual Orientation Harassment 18

Cyber-Bullying 21

Conclusion 22

3 The Effects of School Culture on Bullying and Harassment 23

External Influences: The Formal and Informal Structures of the School 23

Conclusion 37

4 Who We Are Matters: Teachers' Responses to Bullying and Harassment 38

Internal Influences 39

Impacts of Internal Influences on Teachers' Perceptions and Responses 42

Conclusion 44

5 What Educators Need to Know About the Law 47

Case Study: Sexual Harassment 48

Case Studies: Sexual Orientation Harassment 50

Case Studies: Harassment for Gender Nonconformity 53

Case Study: Cyber-Bullying 56

Lessons Learned: Recommendations for Reducing Liability 57

Conclusion 60

6 Transforming School Cultures 62

Summary of the Research 62

Recommendations for Change 65

Getting Started: A Checklist 70

Conclusion 73

Appendix A Resources 75

Schoolwide Interventions 75

Staff Development 77

K-12 Classroom 79

Additional Reading 80

Appendix B Glossary 83

References 87

Index 97

About the Author 102

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