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ERIC Number: EJ894648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Restorative Resolution
Zaslaw, Jay
Principal Leadership, v10 n5 p58-62 Jan 2010
Over the past decade, many schools have adopted zero-tolerance policies as a means to curtail negative student behavior. Such policies persist although "there is as yet little evidence that the strategies typically associated with zero tolerance contribute to improved student behavior or overall school safety." School suspension and expulsion result in a number of negative outcomes for both schools and students. A much more effective way of dealing with conflict is to use restorative dispute resolution (RDR) practices--methods that have been effective for years in the juvenile justice arena. Instead of zero tolerance and authoritarian punishment, restorative practices provide high levels of control and support, which encourage appropriate behavior and place the responsibility for resolution on students themselves. This is done by using a collaborative response to victimization. This article discusses the philosophy underlying RDR practices, the purpose of RDR, and the principles of RDR.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Michigan; Minnesota; Pennsylvania