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ERIC Number: ED276804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct-23
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
To Inform Their Discretion.
Duguid, Stephen
Two divergent approaches to a prison educational program attempt to go beyond accreditation or amusement and address instead attitude change, human choice, judgment, and empowerment. The first, most obvious approach, focuses on the provision of knowledge. The second approach starts with a focus on individual development. Its aim is to facilitate students' maturation so that they are able to inform their discretion with sufficient sophistication to enable them to support the healthy continuation of the society. The philosophic issues of perfectibility and will are important in the perception of students in correctional education. Undoubtedly, a strong relationship exists between thinking and acting and thus between thinking and crime. Education carries within it the potential for enabling criminals to perceive the world differently and make the decision to act upon it differently. Descriptions and data indicate prisons contain a rather coherent class or caste of errant citizens with a predisposition to offend. They have been portrayed as decision maker, bandit, and social victim. The content and quality of their lives have had a direct effect on the way they think, on the cognitive structure that determines how they decide to act. Correctional educators must inform their students' discretion, making them active participants in imagining and creating their futures. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Region VI Correctional Education Association Conference (Banff, Alberta, Canada, October 23, 1986).