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ACU lecturer says resilience' helps combat school bullying


Toni Noble of the Australian Catholic University has said she is convinced that schools can help to break the bullying cycle by promoting resilience among students.

CLICK HEREDr Toni Noble was in Melbourne for the recent National Coalition Against Bullying Conference and for the launch of the book Bullying Solutions: Evidence-based approaches to bullying in Australian schools, which she co-edited with Helen McGrath of Deakin University.

"Australian and international research shows time and time again that a school can contribute to a young person's resilience by providing a safe and caring environment, high but achievable expectations, and opportunities to learn and practise effective coping skills within the academic curriculum," said Dr Noble.

"The greater someone's resilience, the less likely they are to relate to others in a defensive or aggressive way. They are also more likely to be able to 'bounce back' from stressful situations," she said.

Bullying is now recognised as a human rights issue and a serious problem for everyone - for those who are bullied, for those who take part in bullying and for teachers, parents and the communities in which this antisocial and oppressive behaviour occurs. Bullying Solutions provides practical advice to educators and others working with children on the delivery of anti-bullying programs.

The book was launched by Victorian Minister for Education Services, Employment and Youth Affairs, Jacinta Allan, with a video link up with the Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training, Dr Brendan Nelson. Jacinta Allen announced at the launch that every state school in Victoria would receive a copy of the book. All the book royalties go to support the work of the National Coalition Against Bullying which is chaired by Alastair Nicholson AO, the former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia.

ACU National, with six campuses across Australia and open to people of all backgrounds, says that it empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.

SOURCE
'Resilience' helps combat school bullying, says ACU National education lecturer (Australian Catholic University 11/11/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
ACU National
National Coalition Against Bullying
Bullying Solutions: Evidence-based approaches to bullying in Australian schools (Pearson Education Australia)
Anti-bullying Strategies and Resources (Diocese of Parramatta)

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