ERIC Number: ED419150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
British Columbia Prison Education Research Project. Final Report.
A follow-up study was undertaken of the prisoner-students who were participants in a prison university liberal arts education program in Canada during the years 1973-1993. The objective of the study was to test the claim that the program had been effective in reducing the rate of recidivism of its students. Finding early on in the research that recidivism was in fact lower for this group than the average rate in Canada, the following additional objectives of the study were determined: (1) establish the degree to which the education program could be shown to be the significant factor in this success; (2) identify specific groups of prisoner-students who seemed to benefit the most from participation in the program, and (3) identify the specific mechanisms and circumstances intrinsic to the education program that were linked with the success of these groups. Data were gathered on 654 students (of 1,500 participants) who had completed at least 2 courses over a minimum of two semesters, and who completed at least 3 years without incarceration by 1996. The most likely predictive hypotheses involved subculture, age, high flyers, second chancer, improver, engagement, community, and cognitive. The study found that it is not programs that work but their capacity to offer resources that allow subjects the choice of making them work. The results point to the power of choice and self-determination in successful programs. (Contains 29 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby (British Columbia).
Identifiers - Location: Canada