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CE Credit Hours: 1.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
Bullying in preschool may take diﬀerent forms, including overt bullying such as physical or verbal bullying, and indirect bullying, such as relational bullying. The purpose of this brief continuing education course, developed using material from the Frontiers in Psychology journal, is to examine whether preservice preschool teachers’ respond differently to physical, verbal and relational bullying, and how their years of study and trait empathy impact their responses. Implications for bullying intervention and suggestions for teacher education are discussed.
1. Differentiate between the various forms of bullying that are present in preschool settings, and the role that teachers play in responding to such behaviors.
2. Define empathy and consider how it impacts preschool teachers’ reaction to bullying behaviors.
3. Identify study findings examining whether preservice preschool teachers’ respond differently to physical, verbal and relational bullying, and how their years of study and trait empathy effect responses.
4. Discuss how preschool teachers perceive bullying incident seriousness, their sympathy toward the victim of the bullying, and how they intervene in bullying situations.
5. Describe the four components of empathy relevant to preservice preschool teachers and how years of study influence empathic reactions.
6. Examine implications for bullying intervention and suggestions for teacher education.
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