ERIC Number: ED114149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct-1
Reference Count: 0
Certain Strategies for Prison Classes Sponsored by Community Colleges.
Wyman, Bruce T.
In order to examine the success of various teaching methods on community college students currently incarcerated in Delaware County Prison, Kings County Prison, and Leesburg State Prison, a questionnaire was designed and administered to student inmates and their instructors, who were faculty members of three different community colleges in the Philadelphia area. Respondents were asked to indicate the frequency with which instructors used various teaching strategies and techniques representing either the behaviorist or the cognitive field theories of learning. Students were also asked to indicate which of the various strategies they felt would work well or poorly for themselves. There was a slight preference for the cognitive field approach, but the students were not clearly receptive to either approach, as both approaches received some favorable and some unfavorable reactions. Cognitive field techniques that received at least 60 percent favorable reaction include: concern with ideas, choice of activities, and emphasis on knowing reasons for misunderstood concepts. Behaviorist techniques that received favorable scores include: clarity of purpose and curriculum design, rewards, repetition, and short answer tests. A survey of the literature is included, and data are displayed in tables. The survey instrument is appended. (NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University. Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document