School of Education


Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)


Carol A. Gillespie


bullying, cyberbullying, alternative school


Educational Leadership


The purpose of this case study was to discover the perceptions of alternative school teachers regarding how they define, intervene, and detect incidents of cyberbullying in their classrooms at Rock City Alternative School (pseudonym). The theory guiding this study is Albert Bandura’s social learning theory and Herbert Kelman’s social influence theory. Bandura (1977) believes that most human behavior is learned through observation, imitation, and modeling. In social influence theory, Kelman (1958) provided a stable foundation for understanding influences by socializing media. The data collection process included semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and document analysis. Data analysis was ongoing and occurred throughout the data collection process to ensure continuous improvement as the study progressed. The information was processed using a systematic approach to ensure that appropriate themes and categories were created and aligned accordingly with the research questions. After analyzing the data, the three themes that emerged included common definitions, effect on school climate, and need for cyberbullying education.

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