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NCJ Number: 193341 Find in a Library
Title: Comparing the Academic Achievement of Inmates with Regional Campus Student Populations in Economics Courses
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:52  Issue:4  Dated:December 2001  Pages:152-155
Author(s): Tantatape Brahmasrene Ph.D.
Date Published: December 2001
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared the academic performance in economics courses between inmate students and regional campus students in Indiana.
Abstract: The study rested on the author’s experiences teaching economics and financial management courses at Westville Correctional Facility in Westville, IN, and at Purdue University North Central for more than 10 years. The analysis focused on economics courses due to their use of a cognitive problem-solving approach that can strengthen thinking skills and lead to improved decision making. The research used pretests and posttests with a nationally standardized test. The tests covered 10 content categories in microeconomics and macroeconomics and emphasized skills that went beyond recall and memorization. The study used a table of specifications to ensure congruence between the test and classroom instructions. Results revealed no significant performance differences between inmates and regional campus students. Both groups of students were comparable to the national norm in that they had adequate thinking skills that led to effective decision making in economics. Findings suggested that inmate educational programs can be effective even with complex topics such as economics. Tables and 12 references
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): Economic analysis; Higher education; Indiana; Inmate Education Assistance Programs; Juvenile educational services; Services effectiveness
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