International Research Opportunity - Examining Teacher Responses to Peer Conflict and Bullying

Posted 2021-09-07

The Bullying Research Network and the World Anti-Bullying Forum are seeking international researchers interested in collaborating on a study examining teacher responses to peer conflict and bullying across the globe.

Given that bullying typically first occurs in the school context, teachers play a critical role in addressing and solving the problem. Extending our understanding of teacher responses to peer conflict and bullying (see the recent 2021 special issue in the European Journal of Developmental Psychology), we invite researchers to join us in an international research collaboration, overseen by Drs. Wendy Craig (Queens University, Canada), Shelley Hymel (University of British Columbia, Canada), and Susan Swearer (University of Nebraska - Lincoln, United States).

We propose two parallel studies of teacher responses to peer conflict/bullying vignettes, both conducted online using Qualtrics, (1) one addressing peer conflict in elementary school contexts and the other (2) addressing identity-based bullying in the secondary school context. The elementary study has been designed and piloted by doctoral candidate, Daria Khanolainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. More information about the elementary school study can be found here. The secondary study has been designed and piloted by doctoral candidate, Lindsay Starosta, University of British Columbia, Canada. More information about the secondary school study can be found here. In both studies, participants will be asked to respond to hypothetical peer conflict/bullying situations that are depicted visually in storyboard form. Participating researchers would be expected to oversee ethics approval, recruitment, and data collection in their own country, using a common data protocol and submitting a final, anonymized data set to the international collaboration managers by December 31, 2022. Participating researchers can publish data from their own country, and will also have an opportunity to participate in collaborative international publications, using the full dataset.

If you are interested in participating in one or both studies, please contact the international collaboration managers (Drs. Craig, Hymel, and Swearer) via the BRNET email ( and complete the following form that indicates your interest. Interested collaborators will be asked to participate, virtually or in-person, in an initial meeting at the forthcoming meeting of the World Anti-Bullying Forum to be held in Stockholm, Sweden. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 from 1 to 2:30 pm (Stockholm time), following the closing session of the conference.

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