ERIC Number: ED059446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Programmed Instruction in Correctional Institutions.
McKee, John M.
The adaptation and use of Programmed Instruction (PI) in adult basic education (ABE) are focused upon. Objectives of this paper are to cite evidence that PI is being used successfully in correctional institutions, to suggest reasons for this success, and to show that PI works best in the context of a broader learning system where individually prescribed and managed instruction is the goal. A brief questionnaire survey in the use of PI was conducted in 150 major state adult correctional institutions throughout the nation and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Ninety-seven per cent reported their institutions experiencing success in the use of PI. Reasons given by respondees for the success of PI include: (1) permits individualized instruction, (2) self-paced, (3) students like it, (4) no competition (with others). In addition, 37% of users of PI systems reported that they had developed effective approaches, such as contingency management and performance contracts. The Federal Bureau of Prisons, a major consumer of PI, states that it is committed to the continued use of PI and to development of more sophisticated contexts, such as training systems and contingency management. Draper Correctional Center has experimented with developing a model basic education program in which PI is the primary instructional method. This method has four steps: Diagnosis, Prescription, Managing the Instruction, and Evaluation. (CK)
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Identifiers: Bureau of Prisons; Draper Correctional Center AL
Note: For presentation at the East Coast Seminar on Adult Basic Education in Morgantown, West Virginia, on January 19, 1970, and at the West Coast Seminar on ABE in San Dimas, Calif., Feb. 16, 1970