ERIC Number: ED282996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Vocational Needs in a Female Correctional Institution.
Koppel, Sheree P.
A three-phase study was conducted at a female correctional institution in the Midwest to determine inmates' occupational aspirations and educational needs. In the first phase of the study, 121 of the 167 inmates participated in 9 forums in which they voiced their career choices and ranked them in priority order. In the second phase, a panel of five experts studied job options and suggested vocational program ideas and ranked them. Finally, in the third phase, 62 inmates ranked their priorities concerning 9 programs they hoped to see established in the institution. The study found that the inmates exhibit an extensive variety of vocational interests, but that they often do not understand the effect of their prison records on the possibility of entering some occupations, such as nursing. In addition, some inmates had wide varieties of vocational interests that did not form patterns. The expert panel recommended that emphasis be placed on strong basic skills and that a program of career education be started to help inmates learn about jobs they could hold and the education necessary to obtain such jobs. Some of the programs suggested were computer literacy, business education, and communications-graphics. These recommendations reflect the combination of expressed inmate interest, the wisdom of key professionals, and the program choices of inmates. They can be used by program planners in correctional institutions to create programs and avert class action suits by inmates who feel shortchanged on education. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).