ERIC Number: ED237829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Life Skills for the Incarcerated: Evaluation of Staff Experience. Final Report.
Korb, Margaret P.; And Others
The need for vocational and personal attitude training for prisoners has been recognized for many years. In keeping with the commitment to individual prisoner's development, the Florida Department of Corrections developed a program of life skills training for inmates, the Life Skills Overview Module, in cooperation with local community colleges. To evaluate the success of the program, 19 faculty members who served as instructors (facilitators) in the program were surveyed. In addition, site visits were conducted to interview faculty members. A second procedure included the design and evaluation of a feedback workshop for facilitators, attended by the instructors, members of the Life Skills Task Force, and visitors from the Department of Corrections and the community colleges. A third research procedure involved hiring a research consultant who investigated facilitator characteristics, support of the community college and correctional institution, and facilitators' evaluations of training and materials. The evaluation concluded that there was a generally high level of satisfaction among instructors. Individual factors included previous experience in correctional education, sex of instructor, and institutional support. Instructors who felt their students were highly motivated reported greater satisfaction with the outcome. Each instructor recommended that the program be continued and expanded and made recommendations relating to the role of the community college. The report includes the survey instruments, a budget summary, Life Skills Task Force position papers, data on facilitators, feedback workshop data, and suggested specific actions. (JAC)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Daily Living Skills, Delivery Systems, Evaluation Methods, Feedback, Outcomes of Education, Prisoners, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Teacher Response, Two Year Colleges, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Santa Fe Community Coll., Gainesville, FL.