Teacher bullying: the case of Singapore

Seet, Nicholas Wei Kiat, Caltabiano, Nerina J., Teoh, Ai Ni, and Lo, Jesslyn Hui Ling (2022) Teacher bullying: the case of Singapore. Educational Review. (In Press)

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Abstract

In 1993, the first few cases of teacher bullying, when teachers used their power to punish, manipulate or disparage a student beyond what would be a reasonable disciplinary procedure, began to catch the mainstream media’s attention. Since then, few studies have focused on teacher bullying globally and even lesser in Asia, where such a phenomenon carries a stigma attached to it. Considering the stark differences between Western and Asian cultures, especially in terms of the power distances between students and teachers, there emerges a need to address this gap in the teacher bullying literature. The study aims to investigate how teacher bullying occurs in an Asian context, with Singapore as the chosen sample of interest. Using semi -structured interviews, the experiences of the non-probability sample of affected students (four men, one woman), were examined through an Interpretative Phenomenological perspective. Findings indicated that teacher bullying existed, involving public humiliation of students, such as shaming, as well as other forms of abusive power towards students. Key findings included a two-stage process of teacher bullying in the form of disparagement amongst other significant findings. It is recommended that policies address acceptable and appropriate behaviour within the teaching context.

Item ID: 71145
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1465-3397
Keywords: Abuse of power; Singapore; bullying; teacher bullying; public shaming
Copyright Information: © 2021 Educational Review
Funders: James Cook University
Projects and Grants: James Cook University Australia and James Cook University Singapore Cross-Collaboration Scheme under [Grant IRG20200009].
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2021 22:51
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 90%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education @ 10%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education @ 50%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 50%
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