ERIC Number: ED389882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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The Feasibility of Using the Portable Assisted Study Sequence (P.A.S.S.) in Correctional Institutions.
Pare-Peters, Rita J.
The Portable Assisted Study Sequence (P.A.S.S.) is a nationally recognized program originally designed to offer migrant students the opportunity to work semi-independently on course work to earn full or partial credit toward high school completion. Two of the most outstanding characteristics exhibited by P.A.S.S. are its flexibility and its portability--students can work on this program in almost half the states. Because of these characteristics, the P.A.S.S. program is offered to the incarcerated population in Michigan, Washington, and Wisconsin, and a few other states are also exploring its feasibility. It is thought to be of great assistance in prison education, where as many as 90 percent of inmates lack a high school diploma. Characteristics of P.A.S.S. that make it attractive for use in correctional education include the following: variety of options (courses and subject areas, credit or remediation); support and guidance; active decision-making by students; conferencing with a contact person or others; contractual agreements; ongoing self-assessment and goal setting; nonauthoritarian teaching style; and portability. This flexible program could be an excellent means for inmates in all states to earn their high school diplomas, or at least to increase their education while working toward a self-determined goal. (Contains 10 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Portable Assisted Study Sequence Program