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NCJ Number: 150282 Find in a Library
Title: Teaching in the Correctional Setting
Journal: News and Notes  Volume:16  Issue:2  Dated:(April/May 1994)  Pages:1,7-8,10-11
Author(s): R LeVine
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Teaching in the correctional setting is more intense and dynamic than in the traditional school environment; correctional facilities are generally large and have rules and operations that make them a relatively independent system.
Abstract: The correctional setting is not like a traditional classroom where lessons can be planned for a specific period, organized breaks can be provided, and examinations can be given on certain dates. The curriculum in correctional facilities should be based on behavioral and intellectual characteristics of inmates. It should also promote self-esteem and incorporate interaction, assessment, and performance dimensions. While the behavior of inmates may be reprehensible, they can be taught self-esteem and respect for others through positive reinforcement of class assignment completion and good grades. Positive interaction between teacher and student is also essential, and behavioral expectations and intellectual skill levels should be established in order to assess educational progress. Once behavioral and intellectual baselines have been determined, inmate progress can be easily charted.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Educators; Inmate Education Assistance Programs; Self concept; Teaching/training techniques
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