Open lecture: School Bullying in the Chinese Context

Professor Dennis S. W. Wong from City University of Hong Kong is visiting Centre for Learning Environment and UiS. As a part of the visit there will be two open lectures about school bullying. "School Bullying in the Chinese Context" and "Preventing and tackling school bullying with Restorative Practices".

By Professor Dennis S. W. Wong

Discussant: Professor Unni Vere Midthassel, Professor Erling Roland       

School bullying has been a growing concern globally. In the past, findings about children and adolescents’ bullying behavior are largely derived from research conducted in the West. The school bullying phenomenon in the East, particularly the Greater China region, is relatively under-explored until recent decades. Over the past fifteen years, schools in major Chinese societies including the Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong have experienced increasing difficulties with bullying that has led to calls for a systematic investigation of its characteristics, causes, as well as strategies to prevent the bullying issue. In this presentation, selected empirical findings on the characteristics of bullying perpetrators, victims, and the offense circumstances in the Chinese context are described. Implications to future bullying studies will also be examined.

Professor Dennis S. W. Wong