Restorative Justice: A Model of School Violence Prevention

Martha Frias Armenta, Juan Carlos Rodríguez-Macías, Víctor Corral Verdugo, Joaquín Caso-Niebla, Violeta García-Arizmendi, Martha Frias Armenta, Juan Carlos Rodríguez Macías, Víctor Corral Verdugo, Joaquín Caso Niebla, Violeta García Arizmendi

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Restorative Justice (RJ) represents a holistic and humane alternative to punitive measures traditionally used in schools. The goal of RJ is to bring affected parties together following a conflict in order to identify a shared solution for reparation of damages. RJ has demonstrated effectiveness in reducing recidivism and improving community relations. The objective of the present study was to identify elements of RJ in middle school programs and curricula in Mexico. A documentary study was developed and implemented using a checklist as the primary data-collecting instrument. Results indicate the presence of some RJ principles in the curriculum of middle schools in Mexico. The findings suggest that while the principles of RJ are taught, essential components of RJ and school democratization are lacking, such as active student participation in conflict resolution and rule elaboration and school organization.
Original languageSpanish (Mexico)
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
JournalScience Journal of Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018

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