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NCJ Number: 220351 Find in a Library
Title: Influence of Christian Programs on the Academic Achievement of Low-Literate Male Inmates
Journal: Journal of Correctinal Education  Volume:58  Issue:3  Dated:September 2007  Pages:222-248
Author(s): Jonathan E. Messemer
Date Published: September 2007
Page Count: 27
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this study was to measure whether Christian programs had a positive influence on the academic achievement of low-literate male inmates.
Abstract: The findings from this study were able to demonstrate that the total inmate sample (Christian and non-Christian inmates) participating in the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program at the Mountain View State Prison had statistically significant learning gains in the reading, math, and language skill areas. The study also found that the Christian inmates had statistically significant greater learning gains in the reading and language skill areas than the non-Christian inmates. In addition, Christian inmates had statistically significant lower rates of disciplinary absenteeism in the ABE program than the non-Christian inmates. The rate of disciplinary absenteeism was a statistically significant predictor in determining the amount of learning gains the inmates would make in the reading and language skill areas. The current field of correctional education provides numerous programs for inmates. Nearly all prisons have chaplains from various faiths who offer formal and informal religious programs to the inmates. Adult educators in prison seek to create change by providing knowledge and skill based programs for inmates, whereas prison chaplains seek to create change by changing the heart of the inmates. An extensive review of the literature found only a few studies in correctional education that involved either low-literate learning gains or the influence faith-based programming had upon the lives of inmates. The study sample consisted of 124 male inmates in a closed security prison in the southeastern United States who were participating in an ABE program grouped into 2 categories: (1) 55 Christian inmates and (2) 69 non-Christian inmates. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Inmate academic education
Index Term(s): Inmate Education Assistance Programs; Inmate Programs; Inmate religious affiliation; Religion; Religious programs
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