Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliott, Nathan


Are restorative practices within schools an effective method for increasing student success? This literature review looks at the evidence available of restorative practices in reducing suspensions and expulsions, improving relationships, dealing with bullying, bringing about improved school morale through restorative circles, and lastly, looking at the challenges of successfully using restorative practices in schools. The evidence in literature does show the clear benefits that restorative practices have in all the mentioned areas. The challenges to implementing these practices are significant and need to be weighed before pursuing the venture of restorative practices in schools. Despite the challenges, restorative practices are one method to increase student success and more effectively meet the needs of students in our complex world.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis