ERIC Number: ED126300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of 1973-74 Vocational Programs in the Eight Pennsylvania State Correctional Institutions.
Lewis, James P.
The evaluation study of the first year of a vocational education program in eight correctional institutions in Pennsylvania sought to determine the participants' views of the program and the quality of the different program offerings. A training survey was administered to the participants to obtain information on their career goals, vocational courses, method of course selection, attitude toward course work, value of the course, and skill level. Information on the status and quality of the vocational programs was provided through instructors' responses to a program evaluation form. The sample consisted of 405 male and 23 female offenders and 59 instructors. Although offenders generally held positive views about the importance of vocational courses to future jobs, findings indicate that many were enrolled in programs with little or no relationship to their career plans or assistance in obtaining employment. Instructors generally agreed with offenders' overall belief that they possessed average skill in their course work. Most instructors rated program quality as average. Results of nine specific objectives appear in narrative and tabular form. Recommendations by the offenders for improvement of the vocational program are included in the report. Instruments used to collect the data are also included. (NJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, Harrisburg.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania