Educational Technology

November 17, 2013

KU professor creates online course to combat bullying

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:29 am

by Ann Wilson, Channel 6 Lawrence

Educators throughout the nation are working on ways to combat bullying, but a University of Kansas professor in Lawrence is training teachers and administrators through an online course to curb the problem. “Most people think of bullying as two types, like when I grew up in the 50’s and it’s sticks and stones, verbal teasing and hitting,” said Bob Harrington, professor of psychology and research in education. Harrington said those forms of bullying still occur in 2013, but the types of bullying are much more expansive and can happen at any age. A lack of civility in schools prompted Harrington to start an online series of courses for graduate students in education. This semester focuses on bullying prevention and intervention. “When you come into a school, you should be guaranteed to be safe. Schools should be safe places,” Harrington said.

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