The Effects of Restorative Practices on Negative Student Behavior and Disciplinary Action


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Masters of Education

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The purpose of this study was to determine if a novel, school-wide initiative known as Restorative Practices would influence student misbehavior. The measurement tool was the Office Disciplinary Referral written by a staff member when a student’s negative behavior is so egregious, it requires a consequence from an administrator. This study involved comparison of data from before implementation (SY2018), to information gleaned post implementation of Restorative Practices. Although there were fewer referrals, the study showed no significant statistical change between study groups. A number of mitigating factors may be attributable to the results. Further study addressing the long-term impact of Restorative Practices as well as research into the impracticality of traditional student discipline methods are warranted by this study.