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Re-engaging Disconnected Youth

Transformative Learning through Restorative and Social Justice Education – Revised Edition


Amy Vatne Bintliff

As many young adults continue to disengage with learning each day, teachers and administrators struggle to find ways to re-engage secondary students with their schooling and communities. Re-engaging Disconnected Youth profiles a program that succeeds in doing so, one that can serve as a model for others. In a Midwestern alternative school, three teachers built a curriculum around hands-on learning, restorative justice Talking Circles, and multicultural education, in the hopes that it would re-engage and inspire youth. Drawing on Adult Transformative Learning Theory, the book is an in-depth, qualitative study of the ways the program transformed adult and youth perceptions of trust, connections, schooling and human rights. It breaks down stereotypes about youth labeled «at-risk» and provides evidence that it is never too late to become passionate about learning. This new revised edition includes updated research and a chapter exploring the impact of the program on middle school youth.
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Names: Bintliff, Amy Vatne, author.Title: Re-engaging disconnected youth: transformative learning throughrestorative and social justice education / Amy Vatne Bintliff.Description: Revised edition. | New York: Peter Lang, 2016. |Series: Adolescent cultures, school and society, ISSN 1091-1464; vol. 63 |Includes bibliographical references and index.Identifiers: LCCN 2015035390| ISBN 9781433130724 (paperback: alk. paper) |ISBN 9781453917763 (e-book)Subjects: LCSH: Alternative education—Minnesota—Case studies. |Transformative learning—Minnesota—Case studies. | Outdoor education—Minnesota—Case studies. | Experiential learning—Minnesota—Case studies. |Motivation in education—Minnesota—Case studies. | Summer schools—Minnesota—Case studies. | Social justice—Study and teaching (Secondary)—Minnesota—Case studies. | United States—Territorial expansion—Study and teaching (Secondary)Classification: LCC LC46.5.M6 B56 2016 | DDC 371.0409776—dc23LC record available at

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