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Responding to academic dishonesty in universities: a restorative justice approach.

MacAlister, David M
June 4, 2015

Source: (2010) Contemporary Justice Review. 13(4):443-453.

The implementation of restorative approaches in schools has been commonly seen in elementary and high schools, yet the development of restorative approaches in post-secondary institutions has not been fully explored. In respect to university education, a more restorative approach to student discipline can be a proactive educational response mediating the response of student discipline boards to instances of student wrongdoing. Existing practices are explored, and critiqued from a restorative justice perspective. The rationale behind moving to a restorative response is outlined, and the experiences of student discipline boards that currently employ restorative approaches are assessed to determine how effective this paradigm shift could be. How university responses to student misconduct might function if aspects of the academic environment were built on restorative values and principles is explored, in particular, through looking at the benefits accruing to the development of restorative practices in the classroom, in distance education and for students who experience language difficulties. (author’s abstract)


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