Restorative Justice as Practiced in School: A Study of an Inclusive School’s Approach in Developing the Socio-Emotional Skills of Children with Special Educational Needs
- restorative justice, reconciliation, relationships, non-punitive, mediation and agreement, collaborative healing, accepting responsibility, making amends, restitution, socio-emotional development, socio-emotional skills, inclusive school, inclusive program, children with needs
Creating a safe, nurturing, relational, and positive school-wide culture has always been challenging even in schools for regular children. With the pervading framework and principles of traditional punitive measures in school policies and culture, practicing a different philosophy is extremely difficult especially in schools catering to children with special needs. In the Philippines, Restorative Justicepractices have just been introduced in the Local Government Units and agencies but have yet to be implemented in schools. However, MindHaven School has been practicing Restorative Justice (though under a different name) since 1993 through its Inclusive Program. Restorative Justice has always been a critical component in the school’s Socio-Emotional Program for children both with and without needs. As a result of this Socio-Emotional Program, positive relationships and significant growth and development have been observed especially in children with needs and a collaborative and responsive culture has been created in the school. This study particularly seeks to answer the following questions regarding practicing Restorative Justice in a school for children with and without needs: 1.What processes are involved and what roles do the children take on? 2.) What incidents or issues in school particularly demand its observance? 3.) What socio-emotional skills do the children develop through it? 4.) What innovative teaching approaches are needed to implement it?and 5.) What are the perceptions of the involved stakeholders?
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TY - CONF AU - Nilda B. Delgado AU - Mary Ann C. Alaban AU - Jovel Ann R. Beramo AU - Frank S. Emboltura PY - 2019/12 DA - 2019/12 TI - Restorative Justice as Practiced in School: A Study of an Inclusive School’s Approach in Developing the Socio-Emotional Skills of Children with Special Educational Needs BT - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Special Education (ICSE 2019) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 195 EP - 199 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://www.atlantis-press.com/article/125928850 ID - Delgado2019/12 ER -