New Research on School Bullying
New Research on School Bullying

The October 2011 issue of the AERA’s Educational Researcher published new research findings on significant differences between LGBTQ- and straight-identified youth in education and health outcomes. Joseph P. Robinson and Dorothy L Espelage (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) report that “youths who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) are at a greater risk of suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, victimization by peers, and elevated levels of unexcused absences from school.” See their research and full findings.

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(Educational Researcher, October 2011)  
In addition, a special issue of Educational Researcher (ER) published in 2010 also focuses on new perspectives of school safety and violence prevention. The American Educational Research Association is dedicated to disseminating findings of the highest quality and broadest significance to science and society. ER is one of six highly ranked peer reviewed journals published by AERA.
Special Issue: New Perspectives on School Safety and Violence Prevention (January/February 2010, Educational Researcher)

Guest Editors’ Preface
Matthew J. Mayer and Dewey G. Cornell 

Why Do School Order and Safety Matter?
Dewey G. Cornell and Matthew J. Mayer 

How Safe Are Our Schools?
Matthew J. Mayer and Michael J. Furlong 

What Can Be Done About School Shootings? A Review of the Evidence
Randy Broom, Dewey G. Cornell, William Modzeleski, and Shane R. Jimerson 

What Can Be Done About School Bullying? Linking Research to Educational Practice
Susan M. Swearer, Dorothy L. Espelage, Tracy Vaillancourt, and Shelley Hymel 

How Can We Improve School Discipline?
David Osher, George G. Bear, Jeffrey R. Sprague, and Walter Doyle 

The Achievement Gap and the Discipline Gap: Two Sides of the Same Coin?
Anne Gregory, Russell J. Skiba, and Pedro A. Noguera

How Can We Improve School Safety Research?
Ron Avi Astor, Nancy Guerra, and Richard Van Acker 

Special Congressional Briefing: New Strategies for Keeping Schools Safe 

AERA held a special briefing on Capitol Hill on April 8, 2010 on New Strategies for Keeping Schools Safe: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevent Youth Violence.  Research presented at the briefing covered violence, bullying, and disruptive behavior, and reports on the harmful consequences of school environments that are unsafe or disruptive—especially for minority students.  Also, the briefing addressed the kind of policies and education approaches needed to maintain safety and order in our schools.
Please click here torRead the complete information packet distributed at the briefing
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