Australia led the world with the first school-based implementation of Restorative Practice in the early 1990s. Since then the Restorative movement has grown, its practices have evolved and Restorative Practice has spread to classrooms and schools globally.
This first ever national study is being conducted to understand the current use of Restorative Practice in Australian schools.
Please consider taking this 5-minute survey to help provide as full a national picture as possible. We want to hear from you, whether your school uses Restorative Practice or not!
5-minute online anonymous questionnaire. The questionnaire will be available through 2021.
An initial survey was conducted in 2019. For the initial survey, the questionnaire was sent to over 600 randomly selected schools across Australia. With that survey, we wanted to see the scope of Restorative Practice across Australian schools. The current survey is open for all Australian educators who wish to respond. With this survey, we are more interested in the ways in which schools are (or are not) using Restorative Practice.
We are currently analysing the results of the initial survey – of a stratified random sample of schools. Once analysed the results of the initial survey and the results of the current survey – open to all schools – will be available on this website.
You are invited to take part in this study. Please read this Explanatory Statement in full before deciding whether to participate in this research. If you would like further information regarding any aspect of this project, you are encouraged to contact the researcher via the phone number or email address listed above.
Through this study, we are aiming to better understand how Restorative Practice is being used in Australian schools. We are hoping to hear from as many schools across Australia as possible.
Participants are asked to complete an anonymous online questionnaire, which will take approximately 5 minutes.
There will be an option to provide your contact details at the end of the questionnaire, if you are interested in learning about the results of this study or wish to be connected to a planned network of schools using Restorative Practice. Your contact information will not be connected to the answers you provide in the questionnaire – The answers will remain anonymous.
You are invited as a representative of your school. We are trying to reach a sample of Government, Catholic and Independent schools across Australia. It does not matter whether your school engages with Restorative Practice or not – It is equally important for us to hear from schools not using Restorative Practice.
By completing the questionnaire, you consent to participating in the study. As the project involves completion of an anonymous questionnaire, it will not be possible to withdraw data once you have submitted your responses
The study will benefit the wider educational community in Australia as we gain a basic understanding of the extent to which Restorative Practice is being used across the country.
Participation in the study is low-risk. Online questionnaire data are collected anonymously with minimal risk of identification of participants.
Questionnaire data will be collected in anonymous format. Any potentially identifying information will be amended to minimise risk of identification.
Data will be securely stored in a password-protected folder and on Monash’s research survey database, Qualtrics. Only the researchers associated with this project will have access to the data. Data will be destroyed after 10 years.
Relevant data from this survey might be used for future projects. If this occurs, only de-identified data will be used and only if ethics approval has been granted.
Results will be made available on the website www.restorativeschoolsAustralia.org and in the form of academic publications and presentations. The researchers will advertise these to participants via social media accounts and via email if participants opt to provide their contact information.
Should you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of the project, you are welcome to contact the Executive Officer, Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC):
Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC)
Room 111, Chancellery Building D,26 Sports Walk, Clayton Campus
Monash University VIC 3800
Tel: +61 3 9905 2052
Fax: +61 3 9905 3831
Dr. Kristin Reimer