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NCJ Number: 119993 Find in a Library
Title: Practical Theory in Correctional Education
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:40  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1989)  Pages:90-94
Author(s): R A Semmens
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 5
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports on research relating prison education theory to practice, pointing out that programs that stress learning through social interaction appear to be more successful in creating positive learning in inmates and in reducing recidivism.
Abstract: Clearly articulated goals, positive and supportive teachers, carefully maintained progress records, opportunities for student governance, and an appreciation for multi-culturalism all help to create an effective learning environment for students. Prisoners need these elements, too, although it is often difficult to translate them into a prison setting. Involving prisoners in educational planning and problem-solving illustrates the principle that people learn best by solving problems cooperatively. The social interaction learning model should be implemented in all educational settings, including prisons, within a State. 28 references.
Main Term(s): Corrections education
Index Term(s): Social skills training
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