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ERIC Number: EJ974800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0740-2708
The Missing Link: Service-Learning as an Essential Tool for Correctional Education
Frank, Jacquelyn B.; Omstead, Jon-Adam; Pigg, Steven Anthony
Journal of Correctional Education, v63 n1 p24-34 Apr 2012
This article reports the results of a Participatory Action Research (PAR) study conducted by a university faculty member and two incarcerated college graduates in Indiana. The research team designed and piloted a service-learning program specifically aimed at college-level inmates in a maximum security prison. This qualitative study used phenomenology to integrate prisoners' experience and reality toward the creation of a flexible model of service-learning that can be replicated in college programs in prisons throughout the state. The Participatory Action Research process revealed critical insights about postsecondary education in prison and points to service-learning as the missing link between academic knowledge and its application towards civic development, which is vital for a prisoner's success upon release.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana