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NCJ Number: 136763 Find in a Library
Title: Becoming Interested in Other Things: The Impact of Education in Prison
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:43  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1992)  Pages:38-44
Author(s): S Duguid
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Correctional educators need to examine three issues central to prison education: who are the criminals and how did they become the way they are, what are the objectives of prison education, and what are some practical ways in which these objectives can be achieved.
Abstract: The students of a correctional educator are often hostile and imbued in the prison culture; they have a long criminal record and a high likelihood of committing another crime. They also have the characteristics of a potential decision-maker, citizen, and friend. Three general objectives for correctional education are proposed: educating for dispositions rather than skills, encouraging inmates to become true citizens by engaging with the conventional, promoting personal growth and self-esteem, and working to establish a connection between the prisoner and society. Teachers can translate these objectives into action by operationalizing their own belief in the intrinsic value of education, building an ethical or moral dimension into education, and focusing on citizenship and political development. 22 references
Main Term(s): Corrections education; Social reintegration
Index Term(s): Behavioral objectives; Inmate characteristics
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