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Transformative School-Community-Based Restorative Justice: An Inquiry into Practitioners' Experiences
by White, Ariane, Ed.D., Loyola Marymount University, 2019, 188; 13860772
Abstract (Summary)

As restorative justice gained popularity in schools as a potential strategy for helping to reverse the deleterious effects of zero-tolerance policies, numerous misunderstandings and misapplications have emerged. This study focused on the experiences of school-based restorative justice practitioners and sought to foreground their voices and perspectives to highlight what is necessary for restorative justice work in schools to be effective. Critical narratives were used to elucidate participants’ perspectives and to allow their voices to serve as the focal point for the study. Findings were as follows: (a) the depth and ongoing nature of preparation practitioners undertake to sustain restorative justice work must be emphasized; (b) rather than a program or set of steps, restorative justice must be experienced as a set of principles or a philosophy grounded in genuine care and concern for individual people; (c) a cultural, political, and social shift is required for restorative justice to be implemented with integrity; and (d) restorative justice is a project of humanization and re-establishing democratic ideals. As such, educators in the field are encouraged to embrace the depth and complexity of the philosophical underpinnings of restorative justice and to acknowledge the personal, internal work that must be undertaken to serve a transformative function in school communities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Darder, Antonia
Commitee: Gonzalez, Thalia, Stephenson, Rebecca
School: Loyola Marymount University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational sociology, Education Policy
Keywords: Discipline, Healing-centered, Racial disparities, Restorative justice, Transformative
Publication Number: 13860772
ISBN: 978-1-392-06164-0
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