ERIC Number: ED164989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Quality and Results of Vocational Education by Correctional Institutions. Final Report.
Rabinowitz, William; And Others
This study was undertaken to determine if variations in the quality of vocational education offered in prisons, and the skill level developed by participants in these programs, are related to the inmates' post-release adjustment. It proved difficult to execute the study as designed, and the collected data were neither as numerous nor as complete as originally planned. Although it was possible to identify several variables that predict a former inmate's life satisfaction and encounters with the law, the evidence did not clearly demonstrate that particular aspects of a prison vocational education program have an effect on the post-release experiences of former inmates. The generally negative findings in this study do not suggest that vocational training in prison is ineffective. Rather, they indicate that we do not know what features of the training make it more or less effective. (Appendixes contain  a description of the seven correctional institutions,  instruments used in the study,  summary of inmate follow-up field experiences,  institutional data, participant data, reliabilities and intercorrelations, and discriminant analyses, and  profiles of the seven correctional institutions. (Author/CSS)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Affective Measures, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Criminals, Delinquency, Educational Background, Educational Programs, Educational Quality, Employee Attitudes, Employment Experience, Field Studies, Individual Characteristics, Institutional Characteristics, Job Skills, Job Training, Participation, Prisoners, Recidivism, Surveys, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. for Policy Research and Evaluation.
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