Cyberbullying in the Chilean School system: Addressing emerging complexities through ethnomethodology.

During the last decade, many initiatives to reduce cyberbullying have been developed in Chile on a national scale. However, the initiatives are based on pre-established research categories such as bully, victim or bystander, and are aligned with a rather standardised set of meanings emerging from research on traditional bullying conducted at an international level since the 1970s.

The central question of this research is the extent to which Chilean policymakers and teachers understand and use key categories around cyberbullying that represent what is really meaningful and coherent with students’ online interactions.   Using an ethnomethodological approach, a more complex and nuanced understanding of how cyberbullying is framed during students’ online interactions can be achieved.  This is possible as the focus of attention is on what is important and meaningful for the students rather than using pre-established categories to conduct research.

The data collection will include membership categorisation analysis of the students’ participation in focus groups, and interviews with teachers from schools located in three different socioeconomic areas. Additionally, policy documents and approved intervention programs addressing cyberbullying in the Chilean context, will be analysed with particular attention to identifying key categories deployed in the documents.

It is anticipated that Chilean research and policy making will benefit from a deeper understanding of cyberbullying made possible through the analytical framework of ethnomethodology and membership categorisation analysis.

Time/Place 502 (Science Lab) 11.30 to 12.30 15th May, 2019

Supervisors  Professor Peter Renshaw and Dr Kate McLay

Committee Dr Vicente Reyes and Associate Professor Ian Hardy

About HDR Confirmation Seminars

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Building 24, Room 502