ERIC Number: ED142958
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Characteristics of Reading Programs in Federal, State, and City-County Penal Institutions.
Kilty, Ted K.
This study investigated the characteristics of reading programs offered to inmates of federal, state, and city/county penal institutions. The total number of institutions that responded to a questionnaire sent by the investigator was: federal, 27 (100% response); state, 426 (68% response); and city/county, 675 (16% response). Findings are reported for the following areas: information possessed by the institution about inmates' educational backgrounds; existence of a reading program; grade levels of reading instruction offered; teaching certification and formal reading training of the individual in charge of the reading program; assistant personnel available to the reading teacher; the manner in which inmates become involved in the reading program; the relationship of reading instruction to inmates' work assignments; determination of the instructional methods used; reading materials available; frequency and length of instruction; the number of inmates involved in the reading program in relation to the number of eligible inmates; sources of funding for the program; the existence of records of inmates' progress in the program; and the existence of other educational programs for inmates. A list of recommendations and an appendix containing related material are included. (GW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo. School of Education.