ERIC Number: ED107603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Education and Corrections: Some New Dimensions.
Black, Lee Roy
Union Press, Monograph II Apr 1975
The Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities has operated a four-state teacher preparation program since 1973. This program offeres an education to inmates, ex-offenders, correctional officers, and community members. It was established because (a) prisoners rejoin the community in about four years; (b) ex-offenders need new life patterns on release in order to break the cycle of crime and arrest; (c) confinement costs are high, and inmates are usually nonproductive; and (d) our current correctional system is not working. The union emphasizes teacher preparation (a) in order to address inequities of traditionally barring ex-offenders from teaching; (b) because ex-offenders often have special qualifications, particularly in relating to low socioeconomic class students; and (c) so that preservice students will learn by teaching inmates who need to develop basic skills or pass high school equivalency tests. The program has demonstrated that (a) it can assist students to develop effective teaching skills, especially for problem learners; (b) students and inmates will be able to benefit their communities in needy areas; and (c) the program can succeed even within the constraints of the penal system. (PB)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, Yellow Springs, OH.