ERIC Number: ED172042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education in Correctional Institutions: State-of-the-Art Assessment of Programs in Region IV. Volume II - Keys for Improving Your Vocational Program: A Review of Exemplary Programs in Southeastern Correctional Institutions.
Rice, Eric; Poe, John R., Jr.
A study was conducted to identify and describe programmatic variables contributing to effective, successful, and innovative vocational education programs in Southeastern correctional institutions. Study sites were selected according to how effectively they promoted in-program success and post-release employment. Data was collected through interviews in twenty-one Southeastern adult and juvenile correctional institutions with program directors, participants (inmates/offenders), instructors, employers, and wardens/superintendents. Variables found to contribute to and to be correlated with successful programs were course development, instruction, inmate characteristics/perceptions, facilities/equipment, instructor characteristics, evaluation, agency cooperation, in-take and release procedures, policy, and support services. Several findings concerning program success were (1) that exemplary programs utilized systems of course and program development which were coordinated with other agencies and empoloyed quantitative data for determining program modification; (2) that instructional methods found to contribute to successful programs included individualized instruction, "live" work and "hands-on" experience, and multi-media classroom instruction; and (3) that the majority of programs utilized support services to supplement their regular instructional programs, e.g., psychological and vocational counseling, tutoring, job placement services. (The key variables checklist is appended.) (CSS)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Adult Vocational Education, Agency Cooperation, Ancillary Services, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Demonstration Programs, Educational Innovation, Educational Research, Individualized Instruction, Job Training, Participant Characteristics, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Research Reports, School Personnel, Student Evaluation, Success, Teacher Characteristics, Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: System Sciences, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC.