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Supporting teachers who witness student bullying: (Re)shaping perceptions through peer coaching in action learning

Rajashi Ghosh (Department of Policy, Organization, and Leadership, School of Education, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Jamie Callahan (Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Penny Hammrich (School of Education, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education

ISSN: 2046-6854

Article publication date: 31 December 2019

Issue publication date: 19 February 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore how peer coaching in action learning meetings stimulates teachers to experience transformational learning through critically reflecting on the perceptions that shape their beliefs about student bullying.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors used interpretative phenomenological analysis to understand how participating teachers were using peer coaching in the action learning meetings to make sense of their subjective experiences with student bullying.

Findings

The authors report three themes (power, categories/labels and diversity/differences) explaining the perceptions that guided participants’ understanding of student bullying, and for each theme, describe how peer coaching enabled the participants to re-shape their interpretation of experiences with student bullying.

Research limitations/implications

This study showed how peer coaching has the potential to empower teachers to devise meaningful action plans to address bullying. Future research using longitudinal quantitative research design could shed more light on the sustainability of those action plans.

Practical implications

Knowledge of teacher perceptions identified in the study can enrich anti-bullying interventions in schools. Furthermore, building a peer coaching action learning community can provide a form of systemic support to help teachers gain resilience in acting against student bullying in schools.

Originality/value

The study reveals the potential of peer coaching as a transformational learning tool to support teachers when dealing with student bullying.

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Acknowledgements

This study is funded by the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Citation

Ghosh, R., Callahan, J. and Hammrich, P. (2020), "Supporting teachers who witness student bullying: (Re)shaping perceptions through peer coaching in action learning", International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 87-102. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMCE-02-2019-0017

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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