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How are different groups, such as ethnic minorities, asylum seekers and disabled pupils, affected by bullying?

This Scottish study (see Stead, Closs and Arshad, 1999) gathered information about the school experiences of young refugees. When the 12 young refugees were asked about name calling, bullying and racism all but one said they had experienced this. Interviews with parents revealed that they felt very strongly about bullying and racism and how their children got on with other children.
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Article details

J Stead, A Closs and R Arshad (1999) 'Refugee Pupils in Scottish Schools', SCRE Spotlight, Number 74. This article can be viewed online here. Please note that there is just a brief reference to bullying in this paper.
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Author details

Rowena ArshadRowena Arshad OBE has been Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) at The University of Edinburgh since 1994. She has been involved in the area of equality (particularly race equality) since 1983 and has published widely in this area. More recently she has been involved in research into the school experiences of refugee children in Scotland and the experiences of minority ethnic pupils. Rowena may be contacted by email.

Alison Closs is Senior Lecturer at Moray House School of Education at The University of Edinburgh. In addition to her teaching commitments she has been involved in educational research for a number of years. Her research interests include SEN/Support for Learning, the education of children with chronic and/or deteriorating conditions and the school experiences of refugee pupils and their parents in Scotland. In a recent study she investigated the experiences of disabled children and adults in the former Yugoslavia. She is also on the editorial team of the Scottish Schools Ethos Network. Alison may be contacted by email.

Dr Joan Stead is a researcher at the Moray House School of Education at The University of Edinburgh. Her recent research has focused on: the experiences of refugee children in schools, school exclusion, the experiences of Traveller children in schools and also social inclusion of visually impaired pupils in mainstream schools. Joan may be contacted by email.
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