College of Education and Human Development Statue

Throughout our history we have been charged with transforming and enriching lives through education and health. Created as a school for teachers, we are now a school for leaders.

We offer 21 undergraduate programs and more than 30 graduate programs across multiple emphasis areas.

Educators, sports professionals, business leaders, healthcare professionals. Whatever the industry, our graduates are game-changers. Our graduates transform lives.

We Teach Texas


We are proud to be one of 11 universities in the Texas A&M University System preparing educators for Texas school systems.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the Texas Education Agency reported there were more than 10,000 Aggies working in Texas schools across 738 districts and 213 counties. Thanks to our excellence in teacher preparation, these Aggies will stay in the classrooms long after their peers.

Become a Teacher

Learn about the TAMUS initiative

COVID-19 Updates and Guidance


Our top priority during this time is to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Review Texas A&M updates and guidance to learn more.

TAMU Updates & Guidance

We will continue to update information as it comes available.

Departments in the College of Education & Human Development

Business professionals meeting outside of a cubicle workspace.

EAHR develops educational leaders and improves practice through teaching, research and service.

Educational Psychology Teacher Painting Students

EPSY is home to a variety of interrelated disciplines and degree options focused on human development and well-being in educational and community contexts.

Health-kinesiology

HLKN is the largest academic department at Texas A&M University and generates over 98,000 credit hours and 203,000 (Modified) weighted student credit hours each year.

Teaching learning culture middle grades classroom

TLAC’s mission is to create experiences that advance teaching, research and service through the application of knowledge in the preparation and development of quality educators; placing high value on collaboration, diversity, critical thinking, and creativity.

Staff and Faculty Kudos

If you’ve had a great encounter with a College of Education and Human Development faculty or staff member, tell us about it! Nominate them here.

Bullying Prevention: How We Can Make A Difference

Bullying Prevention: How We Can Make A Difference
October 10, 2018 Ashley Green
0000

Bullying Prevention: How We Can Make A Difference


One in every four students is bullied. Most bullying happens in middle school and comes in the form of verbal and social bullying. Dr. Jamilia Blake, associate professor of school psychology, studies the causes and effects of bullying at school and its impact on victims.

We sat down with Blake to discuss her research and how parents, students and our schools can make a difference.

Q: What is bullying?

Blake: “My definition of bullying is the intention to intimidate or cause harm to an individual that is not able to defend themselves. The traditional definition is that bulling has to be repetitive. From a research perspective that is important, but I think you start to split hairs when you’re talking about what this means practically. It gets hard to start distinguishing between aggression versus bullying. I see the distinction as a power differential, where one person is really not able to hold their own against these attacks.”

Q: Talk briefly about your research as it relates to bullying.

Blake: “My research related to bullying focuses on children with disabilities, children who are from ethnically diverse backgrounds, Black and Latino children. I try to look at what the predictors of bullying are – what causes children to engage in bullying and more importantly, who is targeted for bullying and why.”

Q: Are we seeing an increase or decrease in bullying cases nationally?

Blake: “Nationally, bullying rates have declined. We’ve become a lot clearer on what we mean by bullying and the categories used to define it for the public and students. Based on that, rates are slowly going down. But how much bullying it too much? We still have a lot of work to be done.”

Q: What are some warning signs for someone considered a bully?

Blake: “That’s tough because I don’t think there are warning signs. We’re always in search of this package, that’s how our mind works. We want this neat little checklist. What we’re finding is that bullies are very different depending on the context. You can be really dominant and have a lot of power influence, but that doesn’t necessarily make you a bully. You can be really insecure, but that doesn’t make you a bully. It’s not a one size fits all. The more we ask these questions, the more we’re finding out just how unique and different bullies are.”

Q: What can a child do about bullying, both as someone going through it and as someone who is witnessing it?

Blake: “As a bystander you can watch, you can contribute to bullying, you can support the victim or you can tell an adult. It is important not to encourage the bully by laughing or by spreading rumors. If you are being bullied it is important to not internalize it. It isn’t about you and there is nothing wrong with you. Reach out to your support system whether that is your parents or your friends. It is important to know you don’t have to do this alone.”

Q: There are studies showing that some children do not feel comfortable going to an adult to ask for help. Why is that?

Blake: “In their opinion, adults mess things up. The adults want to go in and correct it by stopping the child that is bullying. But what it looks like is that the victim tattled and the bully starts to torment them even more. The question then is how do we handle it correctly? If we address the situation, we have to make sure that we don’t tell the bully things that only the victim would know as to not reveal the source. I know there is no way to completely protect the victim, but we need to be more thoughtful and careful in how we handle these situations.”

Q: How has cyberbullying changed the bullying landscape?

Blake: “My opinion is that cyber bullying is still bullying, it’s just a different strategy. It’s relational bullying using technology. Youth live on the internet. It’s how they survive and it’s their social world. The internet is harder to monitor, harder to identify the source and harder to control.”

Blake and her colleagues, funded by a grant from the Society for the Study of School Psychology, worked to develop an effective bullying prevention program for schools across Texas. You can read about it here.

About the Writer


Ashley is the Media Relations Coordinator and responsible for news coverage in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture as well as the Department of Educational Psychology.

Articles by Ashley

For media inquiries, contact Ashley Green.

Fundraising


To learn more about how you can assist in fundraising, contact Jody Ford ’99, Sr. Director of Development jford@txamfoundation.com or 979-847-8655

Recent Posts


Can't find what you are looking for?

Contact CEHD
Translate »