ERIC Number: ED194808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-8
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Quality Vocational Education in State Prisons.
A study explored the relationship of program components and variables within successful correctional vocational education programs in adult, state administered institutions and the outcomes of those programs. Program success was determined by analysis of existing quantitative data at the institutional level on post-release employment, performance evaluation, and recidivism. The methods for collecting information on program components was qualitative, utilizing information collected through a quasi-case study approach in nine institutions located across the United States. Successful programs were found to be characterized by ten critical components/variables that functioned to overcome problems encountered in many typical vocational programs in corrections: administration, coordination and cooperation, curriculum and instruction, facilities/equipment, funding, placement and followup, planning, policy, staffing, and support services. Four ideas were offered for consideration as elements within a federal policy on education: (1) specification of communication and development of inter-agency agreements between correctional vocational programs and other agencies, (2) funding provisions to provide seed and initial monies to initiate innovative vocational education programs in corrections, (3) encouragement of development of comprehensive educational programs providing entire range of necessary services, and (4) provisions for a research component. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Employment Statistics, Federal Government, Job Placement, Prisoners, Program Effectiveness, Recidivism, State Government, Student Evaluation, Success, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).