ERIC Number: ED315655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Project PROVE: Research Report.
Potts, Meta; Tichenor, Jean
Project PROVE (Parolees and Probationers Realize Opportunities via Education) provides adult literacy and General Educational Development (GED) test preparation for paroled offenders in Louisville, Kentucky. Released offenders are either required or encouraged to attend the program by their parole officers. Interviews with 12 program participants, age ranging from 20 to 39--selected so that half of the group was male and half female, half white and half black--were conducted to assess the program and provide input for recommendations for improvement for the second project year. Program participants were generally positive about the teachers, the opportunities to acquire the GED, and their increased self-esteem and ability to think about the future. They, along with their teachers and the project director, noted that they often lead chaotic lives, going from crisis to crisis, which prevented them from getting the full benefit from the program. Recommendations for strengthening the program included that: (1) attendance be mandatory; (2) judges, correctional officers, and "significant others" of participants be included in receptions and kept aware of participant progress; (3) child care be provided; (4) locations and access be considered; (5) more materials be provided, especially consumables for lower-reading students; (6) a clinical psychologist be hired to help participants solve their immediate problems and make lasting life changes; and (7) a vocational training component be added. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests