Publication Date

Spring 2016

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Doctor of Education



First Advisor

Lynette L. Danley, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Aurélio Manuel Valente, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Marlon Cummings, Ph.D.


Restorative Justice is a collaborative decision-making process that has been integrated as an alternative approach to historic means of justice systems globally for thousands of years. Restorative justice began to impact higher education in 1998 in order to strengthen student ties to their respective colleges and universities by enriching student voices and experiences in various areas of academic and student life, including living learning communities. Talking Circles are one of many restorative practices used to facilitate effective dialogue among shareholders because it fosters a similarity of integration, motivation, and values. The purpose of this research is to determine if the implementation of Talking Circles in Prairie Place, a living learning community at Governors State University increases the positive personal and social experiences among students and resident assistants. I gathered information from students and resident assistants to explore their understanding of application and awareness associated with Talking Circles. The Talking Circles provided a better problem-solving methods, improved communication techniques, and strengthened relationships with others (i.e. family, peers, and supervisors) among all participants.


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Ed.D. Capstone Defense Shaniqua Jones