StudyCircle: Promoting a Restorative Student Community

Anna Bussu, Cramen N Veloria, Carolyn Boyes-Watson

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This essay presents a model of teaching and learning conceptualized as the StudyCircle Model of Restorative Communication. It was co-developed among second year communication students at the University of Sassari (Italy) in 2014-2015 with the purpose of facilitating active learning, promoting a culture of peace and well-being/life skills among students and faculty, and creating robust mechanisms for integrating marginalized students to the university community; thus potentially preventing school detachment among vulnerable student populations. Drawing on Peace Circles as a holistic methodology for promoting a restorative student community, this article presents the constructivist theoretical framework underpinning the StudyCircle Model, describes the paradigm in practice and discusses student outcomes which include active learning, conflict transformation and community building.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
JournalPedagogy and The Human Sciences
Issue number1
Early online date22 Sept 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Sept 2018


  • peer mentoring
  • peace circles


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