ERIC Number: ED109373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: 0
New Designs for Correctional Education and Training Programs.
McCollum, Sylvia G.
Federal Probation, p6-11, June 1973
The challenge confronting creative educators concerned with using the correctional experience in positive ways is to structure an educational delivery system which takes into account the wide range of individual differences among people whose only common denominator is "serving time." Inherent is the problem of staff and public resistance to "rewarding" law breakers with genuine educational improvement opportunities. Delivery systems which might replace traditional approaches, sometimes at no greater cost, are: (1) educational voucher systems--prisoners fulfilling certain requirements would be guaranteed bona fide educational opportunities, outside the constraints of the prison environment, (2) prison as a specialized learning center--each prison would specialize in a single occupational cluster, with prisoners assigned by education and training requirements, (3) educational technology centers in prisons--offering a wider course range and permitting greater flexibility in scheduling, (4) establishment of correctional school districts--making available budget, staff, and materials normally provided to an operating school district, (5) educational diagnostic and referral centers--residential correctional facilities in which security is not the first priority, and (6) use of community colleges--facilitators in the delivery of services necessary to divert the first offender from commitment to a correctional institution. (Author/AJ)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Attitudes, Community Colleges, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Daily Living Skills, Delivery Systems, Diagnostic Teaching, Educational Innovation, Educational Needs, Educational Technology, Educational Vouchers, Individual Differences, Learning Laboratories, Prisoners, Program Design, Resource Allocation, Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Training Centers
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A