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Filling the Gap Between Conflict Resolution and Discipline: A Restorative Justice Approach

Lowrey, Elizabeth
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) The Fourth R: Newsletter of the Education Section (Association for Conflict Resolution). Winter: 5-6, 12. Downloaded 31 March 2005.

Schools are constantly looking for new ideas on how to decrease instances of discipline problems, such as bullying and violence, and how to increase a sense of community-the general idea being that an enhanced sense of community and responsibility will aid in the reduction of behavioral
issues and increase the focus on education. However, commonly utilized, traditional disciplinary
measures that focus on punishment — detention, suspension, expulsion, etc.– clearly have not been able to put an end to discipline problems and violence in schools, nor do they help to create a
cohesive school community. (excerpt)


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