Peart, S. (2015). Bullying as an institutionally exclusionary practice – implications of ignoring culturally specific support needs of black male students in further education (FE).Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 15(3), 194-201.
Stereotypical bullying is usually configured as actions that occur between individuals where there is an ‘imbalance of power or strength’ ( K owalski, L omber and A gatston). However, bullying can also be conceived as an organisational process, where systematized institutional practices results in ‘the collective failure … of an organization to provide an appropriate and professional service’ ( M acpherson), leaving some groups feeling voiceless and powerless. M acpherson identified B lack people as being at risk of this type of discrimination ‘because of their color’ (ibid). The 2010 E quality A ct explicitly requires all public organisations including further education ( FE ) colleges to find ways to meet the unique cultural needs of minority ethnic populations groups so that no group should feel isolated or unsupported. This paper explores how bullying may be an institutional act that excludes some groups and how colleges may meet their commitment to provide a culturally relevant support service to B lack male students studying in FE.
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