Exploring the implementation of restorative practices in Bay Area schools
Master of Social Work
School for Social Work
Restorative justice, Restorative practices, Public education, School to prison pipeline, Culture change, Organizational culture change, Implementation
Factors associated with successful implementation of school-based restorative justice communities were examined. Restorative practices are alternatives to zero-tolerance, top down approaches that emphasize social engagement over social control (i.e. proactive and reactive responses promote school safety and health). A mixed-methods, survey-based, approach was selected for data collection. Front-line school-based practitioners and administrators from various schools/districts in the Bay Area of California were informed of the study via email and invited to complete an online survey. Analysis of the 37 completed responses suggest that implementation involves various stages that can be identified by practitioners and successful engagement of the wider community is a goal for effectiveness and sustainability. The study highlights the complexities and messiness of planning, managing, and sustaining small or large scale processes of change. Findings support the literature which indicates how a whole school approach improves the likelihood of successful outcomes by clarifying stages of implementation and associated steps.
©2018 Vanessa Shea
Shea, Vanessa, "Exploring the implementation of restorative practices in Bay Area schools" (2018). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.