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NCJ Number: 120932 Find in a Library
Title: Cloning Probation Officers: Consumer Research and Implications for Training
Journal: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:25  Issue:4  Dated:special issue (November 1989)  Pages:323-329
Author(s): P Hardiker; A Willis
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A major Home Office sponsored survey of probation officer training which points towards a radical reorientation away from theoretical knowledge to a more narrowly conceived skills-based curriculum is criticized for preconceived findings.
Abstract: Representing the largest single survey in recent years, the three reports include comments from 456 recently qualified officers, 46 in-depth interviews with new officers, and examination of 785 established officers. Four-fifths of the new officers felt that the probation specialist teaching was inadequate to prepare them for employment. Teaching of issues and theory was seen as irrelevant, according to the interviews in the second report. In the third report, the seasoned probation officers appeared to corroborate the new officers critique of training. The research is considered flawed, however, in that comparative data and bibliographies are omitted, and the interpretation of the data serves to justify the trend towards a skills-based curriculum. This anti-intellectual approach to social work and penal policy is critically reviewed.
Main Term(s): Probation or parole officer training
Index Term(s): Great Britain/United Kingdom; Social work
Note: Review of Davies and Wright, "Probation Training: A Consumer Perspective" (Skills, Knowledge and Qualities in Probation Practice Research Report 1), "Becoming a Probation Officer: Through Training and Into Practice" (Skills, Knowledge and Qualities in Probation Practice Research Report 2), and "The Changing Face of Probation" (Skills, Knowledge and Qualities in Probation Practice Research Report 3), 1989.
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