ERIC Number: ED025154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Dramatic Applications of Educational Technology in Corrections.
McKee, John M.
Public offenders have special educational needs due to past histories of school failure, dropout, poverty, lack of home support, and an acquired aversion to formal education. Prison education programs, however, tend to follow traditional patterns of instruction. Educational or instructional technology deals with the problems of individualizing education on a mass basis, compensating for individual differences, and introduces the concept of self-management. Formerly referring to hardware, like projectors and teaching machines, educational technology now includes the systematic application of behavior principles to the learning process. Two major experimental projects, in academic education and in vocational training, are being conducted at the Draper Correctional Center. The first experiment uses "contingency management" techniques, employing individualized reinforcing events, to try to maintain a high level of learner productivity. A second experiment is designed to test if contingency management techniques can be used to prepare inmates for the General Educational Development Test for High School Equivalency. The purpose of a third experiment is to develop a training package to modify spoken English that can be used with other disadvantaged populations. Educational technology brings a systems approach to learning with the end process learning, not teaching. (CG)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Correctional Education, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Educational Experiments, Educational Needs, Educational Technology, Individual Instruction, Operant Conditioning, Productivity, Programed Instruction, Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Programs, Systems Approach, Vocational Education
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Conf. on Correctional Education (16th, Carbondale, Ill., June 5-7, 1967).