Responding to the Culture of Bullying and Disrespect: New Perspectives on Collaboration, Compassion, and Responsibility / Edition 2

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Create a safe learning environment so students can achieve!

This updated edition of Breaking the Culture of Bullying and Disrespect offers educators a comprehensive, therapeutic approach to reducing disrespectful behaviors. Readers will discover how to establish a positive and caring environment that discourages misbehavior while encouraging greater respect, tolerance, and responsibility. This new edition features:

  • Updated research, including real-life examples of successful experiences
  • Additional case studies and a list of problem-solving questions
  • A new chapter on brain research and how children learn
  • An all-new section focusing on prevention methods

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Editorial Reviews

Virginia Miller
“The authors present respectful ways for dealing with bullying and disrespect, something that most educators, therapists, and parents will welcome.”
Elizabeth Barrett
“The book gives excellent ways to empower children, help them solve their own issues, and give them real strategies that will help them deal with difficult situations in the future.”
Melissa Amison
"Provides educators with positive and realistic approaches to help alleviate bullying and disrespect in schools."
Kathryn Lohmeyer
"This book is a well-organized, easy-to-understand resource to help teachers make appropriate accommodations for children displaying a variety of difficult behaviors."
VOYA - Robbie L. Flowers
The culture of bullying goes hand-in-hand with playing dodge ball on school playgrounds. The question is: why has it become a normal part of growing up? This profound resource explores the behaviors that cultivate a culture of bullying and disrespect. The authors find these behaviors in the subtlest of places. They shed light on the competitiveness bred in classrooms and the way that various types of punishment elicit responses in children. Teachers and adults are challenged to put down their perceptions and tap into what is really happening with the youth they reach. Concrete solutions to issues are offered, and the authors make sure to load this title with practical suggestions for affecting change. They delve into ways to work directly with young people to better address their concerns. There is even a chapter dedicated to success stories that help adults and educators see disrespect and bullying from a host of angles. This purchase is essential for any educator, counselor, or parent. It should be a staple of the school library reference collection because the information provided should be used daily. It will be a title that can be referenced for years to come and will help with adults struggling to overcome bullying. Reviewer: Robbie L. Flowers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412968546
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, Ph.D. is the Training Director of the Narrative Therapy program at Bay Area Family Therapy Training Associates (BAFTTA) where she supervises the counseling of doctoral interns in schools from three school districts in Silicon Valley, California. In her private practice, she enjoys working with young people, their families, and their schools, on a wide variety of issues. Marie-Nathalie values bringing forth people’s own wisdom and knowledges, through respectful, creative, and collaborative conversations. She has published numerous professional articles, has been featured in several magazines such as the California Educator and Educational Leadership, and is known internationally for her entertaining, thought provoking, and inspiring workshops. She was recently invited to produce three videotapes with Alexander Street Press (one which is specifically on school work).

Marie-Nathalie has won several grants and awards, with the most recent one focusing on the effectiveness of narrative therapy based group activities. She is the author of several successful books such as Working with groups to enhance relationships (1998), Responding to the culture of bullying & disrespect: New perspectives on collaboration, compassion and responsibility (2004, 2009); Creating a positive School Culture: How principals and teachers can work together (2004); and the popular paperback for parents, teachers, and therapists titled The SKiLL-ionaire in Every Child: Boosting Children’s Socio-Emotional Skills Using the Latest in Brain Research (2010) (sample at She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards such as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant (SSHRC), a Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Research grant (FCAR), the John F. Kennedy University best psychology professor award (JFKU), and more recently the Shine A Light narrative research fund (SAL).

Also availabler from the author: "From Bullies to Buddies"

Maureen Taylor is an educator in Northern California. Her background includes teaching preschool through sixth grade and being an environ­mental educator. Her main interests lie in teaching science and writing, two subjects that gently unfold for the learner. Taylor is currently devel­oping a program for children blending art, environmental education, and social issues.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Honey Berg
About the Authors
Part I. Laying Foundations
1. How Problems Develop: A Frog Story and a Shift in Perspective
Lessons From This Story
Useful Options Are Also Eliminated
Does Everyone Have the Same Contextual Blocks?
2. Are Problems of Disrespect Inadvertently Supported?
Achievement at All Cost
3. Unraveling Assumptions: Educators' Roles and Students' Behaviors
The Effects of Myths and Assumptions
Common School Questions: New Ways of Thinking
4. Responding Effectively to Problems
A Fresh Attitude
Chipping Away at the Problem With a Powerful Tool: Externalization
Dealing Narratively With Disrespect and Bullying
A Narrative Response
Additional Options
Summary of the Practice of Externalizing
Common Questions About the Externalization Process
5. Being Respectful and Open to Students' Experiences
Defining Experience
Experience of School
Overlapping Experiences of the Problem
Addressing These Experiences
6. Making Changes Last for More Than a Week
The Dandelion Problem
Thinking Outside the Box
Multiple Selves: Who Is the Real Person?
Creating Stories Through Language
Mentally Filling the Blanks
Perspectives Create Stories
An Educator's Question: If Truths Don't Exist, How Do We Know Which Story to Trust?
Audience: You Are Who You Are Perceived to Be
The Thread of New Stories: Recapitulation
Reauthoring Alex's Journey
Common Teacher Questions: New Ways of Thinking
Part II. Applications and Examples: Success Stories of Overcoming Bullying and Disrespect
7. Listening to Students' Voices
Disrespect/Bullying Survey
Interviews: Walking in Students' Shoes
8. Cultivating Respect, Appreciation, and Tolerance in the School
Community and Diversity
Respect and Shedding Adultism
Teacher Question About Shedding Adultism
9. Dealing With Disrespect and Bullying in the Classroom: The Bugging Bug Project
A Review of the Narrative Ideas That Guide This Project
Section 1: Externalizing the Problem
Section 2: Building on Successes
Section 3: Celebration of Knowledge and Expertise
Brief Summary of Classroom Facilitation Considerations
10. Working With Individual Students Around Bullying: Helping a Child Suffering From a "Bullying Spell"
A Problem-Dominated Identity
Rewriting the Story in a Vacuum
Rewriting the Story in the Community
A Past to the Preferred Story at School
A Past to the Preferred Stories at Home
Extending the Audience to the Preferred Story
11. Brain and Behaviors: How Young People Change and How Educators Can Help
The Visible Story
The Invisible Story
The Contextual Story
The Historical Story
Dead-End or Future Possibilities?
The Possible Future
Part III. Prevention: Scaffolding a Complex and Sound Culture of Respect
12. Creating a Partnership With Response-able Youth
Bubble Trouble
Lessons From This Story: The Beliefs
The People
The Relationship
Teacher Questions
13. Spotlight on Stories of Successful Prevention
Story 1: "You're Ugly"
Story 2: The Clipboard
Story 3: Sign Language
Story 4: The Violent Drawing
Story 5: Girls' Meanness
Story 6: The Brand New Atlas
Spotlight on a School With a Successful Prevention Model
Resource A: Glossary
Resource B: Summary Table of Strategies
Resource C: Discourses
Resource D: "Yes and" Exercise
Resource E: Educators' Problem-Solving Questions
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