Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Morgridge College of Education, Teaching and Learning Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

P. Bruce Uhrmacher

Second Advisor

Nicholas J. Cutforth

Third Advisor

Paul Michalec

Fourth Advisor

Bin Ramke


Advocacy, Dean of students, Restorative practices, Social-emotional learning, Trauma-informed education


This qualitative study is an auto-criticism, an approach that allows researchers to study themselves. This emergent methodology is derived from educational criticism and connoisseurship, which fits under the broader category of arts-based research. School discipline is a programmatic component of any secondary school’s educational framework and directly effects student engagement and academic achievement. An analysis of the dean role in relation to school discipline is central to this study. The main research question is what are the lived experiences of a dean who incorporates restorative justice practices in a poverty impacted public high school?

The author spent two years as a dean of students who utilized restorative justice practices when implementing school discipline. Following the auto-criticism protocol, this project incorporates three types of data sources to analyze the lived experiences of a dean: researcher journals, dean’s office records, and schoolwide documents. This data is used to operationalize ‘restorative justice’ as an instructional tool to scaffold student engagement and mitigate disciplinary infractions. Findings show that restorative justice stimulates affective processes in both teachers and students. These affective processes offer a bridge between classroom instruction and the discipline process through a parallel process of support and an advocacy approach to teaching.

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Rights Holder

Alicia D. Vasquez


Received from ProQuest

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224 pgs


Teacher education, Secondary education, Educational psychology