Social Control and Criminal Deviance: Bullying
Most important Step in the Student’s Guide to Research
Research is a challenging type of study especially when there is need to examine the measures to be involved in the research undertaken. It is imperative that for one to conduct research on the issue of bullying on students in high school that the researcher follows the significant steps that may be helpful in the study process.
Definition of the identified Critical Step of Research
One of the important aspects is the data collection and the methods involved in the same process. Since the researcher will be working with some students, then they have the challenge of selecting the best approach to investigate the matter of bullying among these students. According to Veenstra, Lindenberg, Huitsing, Sainio and Salmivalli (2014), failure to utilize the best approach with the given sample study will amount to reception of inefficient results consequently leading to erroneous conclusions. Another important step is the target individuals who are to be used for the survey to source information (Veenstra et al., 2014). For instance, the researcher should select the people who may have been directly or indirectly affected by bullying while in school as the participants of the study to obtain accurate and efficient information on the same.
Another critical aspect to be considered by the researcher is a literature review. One of the key important steps in the research process is to undertake studies on how bullying has developed over time, the range of solutions that have been suggested in solving the same and how the results of these solutions over time. This is important as it will help to ensure that the researcher has the base knowledge concerning the issue and hence will be in a better position to study the issue among the students.
How Bullying Relates to Other Topics
Agents of Socialization
One of the major issues affected by the social problem is the agent of socialization. It is important first to note that the individuals faced with the challenge of bullying are the new students who have recently joined the schools. The peers who practice the act of bullying are usually the ones who influence other students from schools to bully the new entrants. For instance, a group of people who keep on bullying their classmates would either change to start revenging on them or teach a new member of their group bulling acts too. However, both the teachers and the parents have the mandate of ensuring that bullying does not prevail over the schools and other similar places. Teachers have a vital role in the process of eradicating the issue of bullying in schools (Veenstra et al., 2014). However, some teachers have been noted to be among the individuals who catalyse bullying in the schools. For instance, the teachers may refer students using cruel and unnecessary names, which the students, after hearing them, feel intimidated and angry, and thus they might find and ostracize other students to whom they relieve their anger through bullying. The parents as well, regardless of their role in averting the issue of bullying, also engage in catalyzing the bullying situation. The parents may be harsh and somewhat not available for the students, who may otherwise use this time to be bullied by other peers. It is recommended that the students who may otherwise practice the act of bullying be reprimanded on the same to help reduce the issue.
Veenstra, R., Lindenberg, S., Huitsing, G., Sainio, M., & Salmivalli, C. (2014). The role of teachers in bullying: The relation between antibullying attitudes, efficacy, and efforts to reduce bullying. Journal of Educational Psychology, 106(4), 1135. From http://www.ppsw.rug.nl/~veenstra/CV/KiVa_VeenstraJEP14.pdf