Date of Award

Spring 5-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Cher Edwards

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Nyardzo Mvududu

Third Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. John Bond


Restorative Justice, Discipline, Behavior, Suspension, Attitudes, Teachers


This study examined the attitudes of elementary school teachers regarding student discipline and the implementation of restorative justice practices. The present research was conducted at a public elementary school in the greater Seattle area. All participants were teachers at the public elementary school, and were purposefully selected based on their years of experience, age, gender, and grade level taught. The study utilized qualitative case study methods to analyze the participants’ attitudes regarding discipline, specifically the use of exclusionary discipline, and their views on implementing restorative justice practices as an alternative to exclusion.

Key Words: restorative justice, school discipline, exclusions, suspensions, mindset, implementation