Definition of bullying in compulsory education from general to legal perspective
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The definition of the word ‘bullying’ diverges based on the field of practice and research and there is an absence of an overreaching definition. The latter, in turn, allows maximum flexibility in contributing to the variations in findings of various academic studies.1 Some argue that lack of comprehensive definition is a factor of inaccuracy in estimating the prevalence of bullying itself.2 The ‘definition’ per se [of bullying] is recognized by the state law of the United States as one of the key components of any policies adopted by the states and local educational agencies, and which is required to be consistent with the definitions specified in state law.3 Article presents a relevant overview of the definitions of bullying beyond the legal sphere as well as from a legal perspective. Special focus is dedicated to the state laws of the US as the main national jurisdiction that has adopted education law that contain explicit definition of bullying therein.
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