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Development and use of a restorative justice ideology instrument: assessing beliefs

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Researchers have noted that restorative justice (RJ) practices in schools seem to improve targeted outcomes (e.g. decreased office visits, increased grades, etc.). It has been acknowledged that a ‘grassroots’ (beliefs level) buy-in from teachers is necessary for the creation of a school environment that is in line with the ideals of RJ. In the current study, an operational definition for restorative justice ideology (RJI) was developed and used as the basis for the creation of a RJI measurement instrument. This is intended to facilitate understandings of the influence that RJ training has on individuals at the beliefs level, and whether the degree to which an individual holds an RJI is associated with the degree to which RJ practices are carried out at the classroom and school level. An exploratory factor analysis was conducted, a three-factor model was selected, and the instrument was tested for reliability and validity. The RJI was then used to investigate whether other individual differences were related to the RJI of teachers. The outcome of this study was the development of a psychometrically sound RJI instrument. Perspective taking, empathic concern, pupil control ideology, personal distress, and self-efficacy were identified as important characteristics of RJI.
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Keywords: empathy; pupil control ideology; restorative justice; restorative justice ideology; restorative practice; self-efficacy

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Experiential Learning Specialist, Faculty of Education,University of Windsor, Windsor,Ontario, Canada 2: Faculty of Education,University of Windsor, Windsor,Ontario, Canada

Publication date: 2012-12-01

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