School of Education
Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)
relationships, restorative practice, restorative justice, alternative education, teacher-student relationships, alternative discipline practices
Education | Special Education and Teaching
Christie, Michael Preston, "Managing Student Misbehavior Through A Restorative Approach: A Phenomenological Study" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3855.
The purpose of this qualitative, transcendental phenomenological study was to understand the perceptions of alternative education teachers in utilizing a restorative approach to managing student behaviors at a small, rural school district in north Florida. Gordon’s (1981) theory on Teacher Effectiveness Training (TET) steered this study in investigating the research questions central to this study: (1) What are the experiences of alternative education teachers in using a restorative approach for addressing student behaviors? (2) How have these experiences shaped the teacher-student relationship? (3) What are the professional development needs of alternative education teachers to improve the restorative practices experience? Through purposive sampling, 10 to 12 participants were selected from an alternative school within north Florida. These participants were selected through convenience due to their role as the only instructional personnel at this site. Data collection was conducted in various ways, including focus groups, interviews, and classroom observations. Subsequent data analysis revealed three themes from this study. These themes are relationships, negative interactions, and understanding.