iROC: Bullying in Single Sex Classes

March 06, 2014 12:45 PM
Library Café, Dominican Center

iROC: Investigating Research on Campus

Join us for another lunchtime iROC on Thursday, March 6, when Vivian Milczarski, Library, and Fran Spielhagen, Division of Education, present Mean Girls and Lord of the Flies: Bullying in Single Sex Classes.

Single-sex schools and classes are a growing school arrangement in the United States, particularly in middle schools. At the same time, teachers, parents, and the general public have become more aware of bullying in schools, especially among adolescent students. Popular films like Mean Girls and standard young adult literature like Lord of the Flies present bullying as a common, almost normal, part of adolescent socialization. Based on prior research and collaboration by Vivian and Fran, their research project sought to answer a simple, but logical question: To what extent do single-sex classes foster bullying? Is there anything teachers can do to help stop bullying? The findings were not so simple and may surprise you.

Vivian Milczarski is Assistant Librarian for Collection Development at the MSMC Library. Frances R. Spielhagen, PhD, is Associate Professor of Education in the Division of Education, and also Director of the Mount’s Center for Adolescent Research and Development (CARD).

This presentation will take place on Thursday, March 6 at 12:45 pm in the Library Café in the Dominican Center. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

For more information about this or any of the iROC presentations, or to volunteer as an iROC speaker, please contact Dr. Doug Robinson, Assistant Professor of Biology and coordinator of the iROC program, at 845-569-3648 or douglas.robinson@msmc.edu

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