Safe, nurturing and engaging educational settings are the foundation of healthy communities. In this course, we will focus on praxis (that is, the marriage of theory and practice) in the development, implementation and practice of restorative approaches in educational environments. This will allow us to critically consider the potential of restorative justice for creating safe, nurturing and engaging educational settings and communities, which foster human and social capital.
We’ll discuss primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions as well as after-school programming, recreational and residential settings—any area where people learn and grow together. We’ll highlight the distinctive features and challenges of restorative justice in education, particularly in the context of state-based institutional environments, where issues of identity and power come to the fore.
Key topics will include the following:
- The state and education
- The educational needs and experiences of students
- School staff and parents
- The role of school administration
- The foundational pedagogy, values, skills and practices of restorative justice
Suggested prerequisite: Introduction to Restorative Justice: Concepts, Theory and Philosophy | CRJ315