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ERIC Number: EJ1121357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1047-4412
The Promise of Restorative Practices to Transform Teacher-Student Relationships and Achieve Equity in School Discipline
Gregory, Anne; Clawson, Kathleen; Davis, Alycia; Gerewitz, Jennifer
Journal of Educational & Psychological Consultation, v26 n4 p325-353 2016
Restorative approaches to school discipline are increasingly being implemented throughout the United States in an attempt to reduce reliance on suspension and eradicate the racial discipline gap. Yet, little is known about the experience of students in classrooms utilizing restorative practices (RP). This study draws on student surveys (N = 412) in 29 high school classrooms. Hierarchical linear modeling and regression analyses show that high RP-implementing teachers had more positive relationships with their diverse students. Students perceived them as more respectful and they issued fewer exclusionary discipline referrals compared with low RP implementers. In addition, the findings demonstrate some initial promise of well-implemented RP for narrowing the racial discipline gap. The study found that higher RP implementers issued fewer discipline referrals to Latino and African American students compared with lower RP implementers. The study findings have implications for equity-focused consultation in schools that honor student experience of new programming.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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