Solid Kids, Solid Schools

This project collected Yamaji stories about childhood bullying through interviews and focus groups and identified ways to understand bullying in an Aboriginal context, as well as provide school staff, parents and family members with strategies and tools to manage, reduce and prevent bullying.

 A series of learning materials, DVDs’ and activities were designed to meet current WA curriculum standards across a range of learning areas and continue to be distributed to WA schools.

The project, which ran from 2006 to 2009, collected Yamaji stories about childhood bullying through interviews and focus groups and identified ways to understand bullying in an Aboriginal context, as well as provide school staff, parents and family members with strategies and tools to manage, reduce and prevent bullying.

A DVD resource was released last year  to complement achievements of the Solid Kids, Solid School Project.  The DVD came as a result of the research project and was launched and trialled in 2011 as a teaching resource package for children and youth aged approximately 10 to 15 years. The disc is titled ‘We All Solid’ andtargets seven specific issues most commonly identified as affecting Yamaji school students within the Midwest and Murchison areas. These include non-acceptance of inter-racial friendships, family conflicts and sports, female jealousy, fighting, bullying hurts, social isolation and peer pressure.

The learning materials complimenting the DVD comprise of a series of scenarios and activities designed to meet current WA curriculum standardsacross a range of learning areas.

Research Team: Dr Juli Coffin, Charmaine Green

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