Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Thomas Van Valey
Dr. Susan Carlson
Dr. David Hartmann
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This research is an evaluation of the Challenge Day anti-bullying program conducted in four Kalamazoo County schools. An analysis was conducted of survey data collected as part of the Challenge Day intervention. T-test comparisons of means were prepared for pre-test and post-test survey responses. This was done for each school that participated in the program: Vicksburg Middle School, Vicksburg High School, Parchment Middle School, and Parchment High School. Changes were noted as either positive (an increase in positive behaviors, attitudes, perceptions or a decrease in negative behaviors, attitudes, perceptions) or negative (a decrease in positive behaviors, attitudes, perceptions or an increase in negative behaviors, attitudes, or perceptions). Results were classified as significant if their two-tailed p-values were less than .05 alpha.
A review of results by individual school provided a ranking of effectiveness, with the program showing the most desirable change for Vicksburg Middle School, followed by Parchment Middle School, then by Vicksburg High School, while Parchment High School showed the least desirable change. Discussion of possible reasons for the program's varying effectiveness included variations in the implementation model and survey sampling, as well as differences in bullying behavior characteristics as provided by a literature review on this topic.
Higgins, Deborah S., "An Evaluation of the Challenge Day Program" (2008). Masters Theses. 3327.