Date

8-2014

Department

School of Education

Degree

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Chair

David Benders

Keywords

Aggression, Bully, Bullying, School Bus, School Bus Driver, Victim

Disciplines

Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership | Other Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

This qualitative research examined the school bus as an opportune environment for bullying behaviors. School bus drivers have the responsibility to transport students safely to and from school; however, when students use the school bus for bullying activities, the task of driving becomes a challenge to the school bus drivers. The study investigated the experiences from school bus drivers' stories of bullying behaviors on the school bus. A qualitative approach was used with a phenomenological design to obtain data for this research study. Seven school bus drivers from a metropolitan school system in southeastern United States participated in the study. The data collection consisted of individual semi-structured interviews, a questionnaire to obtain the school bus drivers' experiences, and school documents of student violations on the school bus. Data were analyzed by horizonalization (Moustakas, 1994). Five themes were identified: (a) bullying behaviors, (b) supervision challenges, (c) distractions and safety, (d) total support, and (e) essential training.