A Student in Distress: Moral Frames and Bystander Behavior in School
2010 (English)In: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL JOURNAL, ISSN 0013-5984, Vol. 110, no 4, 585-608 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The purpose of this study was to investigate and generate a grounded theory on how and why students behave as they do in school situations in which they witness another student in distress. Fieldwork and interviews were conducted in 2 Swedish elementary schools and guided by a grounded theory approach. The study resulted in a grounded theory of moral frames in bystander situations in school. In this study, 5 main moral frames of school have been identified: (a) the moral construction of the good student, (b) institutionalized moral disengagement, (c) tribe caring, (d) gentle caring-girl morality, and (e) social-hierarchy-dependent morality. The study highlights how moral action is generally inhibited by the conformity fostered in school settings and by moral dilemmas constructed by the moral frames. A revised model of bystander behavior adapted to the school context is also presented.
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University of Chicago Press , 2010. Vol. 110, no 4, 585-608 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-56535DOI: 10.1086/651197ISI: 000277345200008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-56535DiVA: diva2:320048
Original Publication: Robert Thornberg, A Student in Distress: Moral Frames and Bystander Behavior in School, 2010, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL JOURNAL, (110), 4, 585-608. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/651197 Copyright: University of Chicago Press http://www.press.uchicago.edu/2010-05-212010-05-212016-05-04