Examining Perceptions of Teachers and Administrators on Processes for Using and Supports Needed to Implement Restorative Practices in an Urban Elementary School in Central Texas


Rebekah Shuck

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Educational Administration

Date of Award

Spring 2023


The implementation of restorative practices has impacts on student behavior and discipline referrals as evidenced by studies conducted by Stinchcomb and Bazemore. Increases in discipline incidences affect campus culture and incidences of behavioral consequences. Increased behavior among students also contributes to the feeling of safety with students and staff. This study aimed to evaluate the implementation of restorative discipline practices in an elementary campus. Processes of restorative discipline such as circles and restorative conferences were reviewed in order to show their effectiveness in improving student behavior and teacher and staff perceptions of student behavior. Impacts of implementation of these practices on incidences of behavioral consequences were also reviewed to show their effectiveness in improving campus culture and perceptions of teachers and staff. The researcher used a qualitative approach to evaluate impacts of the practices on teacher perceptions, administrator perceptions, and supports needed to implement the practices.


Elsa Villarreal

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Psychology