Restorative Practice: Applying Confucianism to Build a Better Mousetrap

By Joyce Martin and Jacqueline Elliot.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper first reviews the literature to establish the links between Confucian philosophy
and the philosophy and practice of restorative justice in Chinese and Western culture. Having established
this, the paper examines the limitations acknowledged in the literature regarding the restorative
process, and in particular, the rebuilding of a harmonious relationship between the offender and the
aggrieved. Toward this end, literature is provided indicating the potential benefits of co-coaching as
a tool for positively empowering the participants in the process of restoring people, not to the relationships that they held prior to the negative events, but rather to the more ideal, harmonious interpersonal
relationship suggested by Confucian philosophy. Suggestions follow as to how co-coaching, built on
the model of life coaching, could be used to augment existing practices of restoration with a discussion
of the potential benefits and limitations of such practice.

Keywords: Confucianism, Moral Compass, Educational Values, Education in Australia

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.47-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.300MB).

Dr. Joyce Martin

Lecturer in Applied Social Psychology, Faculty of Education, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dr. Joyce Martin, Lecturer in Applied Social Psychology. Research publications and interest associated with individual differences and conflict arising from a lack of understanding of differences and, the use of specific philosophies and practices to bridge the lack of understanding and conflict.

Jacqueline Elliot

Lecturer in Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Jackie is an experienced teacher and teacher educator who has a commitment to delivering and enabling quality teaching with innovative use of teaching/ learning strategies incorporating information technology. Her teaching areas include communications, applied behavioural sciences, teaching and classroom management. Jackie has studied and worked in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Australia. Her B.A. (Communication) is from UTS (University of Technology, Sydney) with majors in Sociology and Film (Screen-writing and Film production) and has produced short films that won awards in the Sydney Film Festivals. Her Master degree is in Public Health (MPH) with the University of Sydney. She is currently completing her PhD in Media and Communication with the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Using the creative medium, Jackie’s work in film production explored issues of gender relationship; the psychological landscapes of women with dependent young children caught in two diverse cultures; the issues of power, patriarchy and psycho-analysis. Her current research interests build on this earlier work and focus on the interpretation and resolution of intra- and inter-personal issues using the perspectives of Eastern philosophies. Jackie is a Black Belt in Tai Kwan Do. She has two children and lives with her family in Sydney. As time permits, she enjoys travel, music, the performing arts, swimming, meditation and reading.


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