ERIC Number: ED372204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Condition of Correctional Education in Minnesota: Toward a Vision for Learning.
Rominger, Duane A.; And Others
A study examined the condition of vocational education in correctional institutions in Minnesota. A literature review was conducted, and surveys were sent to 57 instructors and 18 supervisors of vocational education in correctional institutions throughout Minnesota. Forty-one of 57 instructors (72%) and all 18 supervisors (100%) completed the surveys. The data were insufficient to determine the effectiveness of vocational programs in helping offenders attain employment/living skills and economic self-sufficiency and avoid recidivism. The data were sufficient, however, to recommend that Minnesota's governor and legislature establish a statewide system of intensive and sustained transitional services for individuals and that the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Corrections take the following actions: recognize and accommodate the unique educational requirements of the special needs learners served by vocational education in prisons; establish and implement a system for continuous improvement of correctional service that includes follow-up of postrelease outcomes, including recidivism and job placement; use evidence of inmates' demonstrated marketable employment skills in determining releases and transfers; and institute a process to develop leadership, vision, and strategic plans for vocational education and related services. (Appended are notes on Minnesota's correctional institutions, survey results, and a list of project advisory committee members. Contains 43 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Adult Education, Adult Vocational Education, Correctional Education, Delivery Systems, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Opportunities, Educational Practices, Needs Assessment, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Questionnaires, Special Needs Students, State Programs, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Council on Vocational Technical Education, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota