Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


School of Education


Leadership Studies


Organization & Leadership EdD

First Advisor

Danfeng Koon

Second Advisor

Ursula Aldana

Third Advisor

Darrick Smith


Juvenile delinquency is deemed a worldwide issue. Despite efforts to remediate, it persists. This study employs a case study methodology to examine the principles, implementation, and perceived impact of a Salesian youth development approach, the Preventive System, on youth delinquency in a Salesian youth Center in South Korea. The study yields three main findings regarding the practice and the effects of the Preventive System. First, this study found that structural elements revealed in the facility, such as reason, religion, and loving-kindness, implemented through assistance and familiarity, were core to the practice. Second, the study revealed that more than through training, educators in the youth detention facility internalized the principles and practices of the Preventive System through the modeling of these same practices by leadership of the Center. Finally, this study found that the Preventive System fostered character and intervened in the life trajectory of the young in the facility by providing a positive example of social learning.These findings indicate that the Preventive System is therefore identified as a leadership pedagogy that promotes educational leadership for educators as well as a humanizing pedagogy which contributes to the development of the whole human person. Furthermore, it is also considered a remedial pedagogy that can not only intervene in the issue of juvenile delinquency but also remediate the issues that occur in a meritocratic and hierarchical-centered society and school culture, such as the one that exists in South Korea.

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