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Title: CORRECTIONAL TRAINING IN MISSOURI - DEVELOPMENTS AND DIRECTIONS - FINAL REPORT
Corporate Author: University of Missouri, St Louis
Correctional Training Evaluation Project
United States of America
Project Director: R J SCOTT
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 430
Sponsoring Agency: Missouri Council on Criminal Justice
Jefferson City, MO 65101
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
University of Missouri, St Louis
St Louis, MO 63121
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 79-AEF2-ML03
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT PRESENTS AN EVALUATION OF THE CENTRALIZED TRAINING PROGRAM FOR CORRECTIONAL WORKERS CONDUCTED BY THE MISSOURI DIVISION OF CORRECTIONS SINCE 1975.
Abstract: THE EVALUATION WAS DESIGNED TO ASSESS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE DIVISION'S CENTRALIZED (BASIC, INTERMEDIATE, AND ADVANCED) TRAINING PROGRAM, TO ASSESS THE VALUE OF TRAINING AND IDENTIFY TRAINING NEEDS BY SURVEYING DIVISION STAFF AND BY OBTAINING PERCEPTIONS OF DIVISION ADMINISTRATORS, AND TO ANALYZE THE CURRICULUM USED IN TRAINING PROGRAM BY COMPARING IT WITH RELEVANT STANDARDS AND MODEL CURRICULA USED IN OTHER CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS. DATA WERE COLLECTED FROM A REVIEW OF TRAINING, TRAINING EVALUATION, AND CORRECTIONAL TRAINING LITERATURE; BY MEANS OF A QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY OF A RANDOMLY SELECTED SAMPLE OF 25 PERCENT OF THE DIVISION'S STAFF; AND BY EVALUATING THE ONGOING CENTRALIZED TRAINING BY SYSTEMATIC PARTICIPANT-OBSERVATION, AS WELL AS BY PRE- AND POSTTRAINING QUESTIONNAIRE ASSESSMENTS OF TRAINEE LEARNING AND ATTITUDES DURING THE THREE 1-WEEK TRAINING COURSES. SURVEY RESULTS INDICATE THAT ONLY 8 PERCENT OF THE RESPONDENTS HAD RECEIVED NO TRAINING, WHILE NEARLY 85 PERCENT HAD TAKEN ONE OR MORE OF THE THREE COURSES. THE THREE CENTRALIZED TRAINING COURSES WERE FOUND TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF CORRECTIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF TRAINEES, BASED UPON THE RESULTS OF TESTS USED BY THE TRAINING CENTER. OVERALL, TRAINEES WERE SATISFIED WITH THE TRAINING THEY HAD RECEIVED IN TERMS OF ORGANIZATION, METHODS, AND GENERAL IMPACT. SURVEY RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED CONFUSION ABOUT THE EXACT NATURE OF THEIR JOBS, BUT DID MAKE CLEAR THAT THEIR PRIMARY ORIENTATION WAS TOWARD SECURITY CONCERNS. THE DIVISION, THROUGH ITS TRAINING STAFF, HAS DONE AN EFFECTIVE JOB OF DEVELOPING AND ESTABLISHING A TRAINING PROGRAM DESPITE A VARIETY OF LIMITATIONS. TO FURTHER ENHANCE THE TRAINING PROGRAM, IT SHOULD BE FULLY INTEGRATED INTO AGENCY OPERATIONS, ALSO TRAINERS NEED TO DEVELOP A COORDINATED AND SYSTEMATIC TRAINING CURRICULUM, AS WELL AS HAVE ACCESS TO SPECIALISTS TO MEET ANY SPECIFIC NEEDS. TABLES, FOOTNOTES, AND REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. APPENDIXES PRESENT EVALUATION INSTRUMENTS, SUPPORTING TABLES, COMMENTS FROM QUESTIONNAIRES, AND A CENTRALIZED TRAINING COURSE CURRICULA. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED --PRG)
Index Term(s): Corrections training evaluation; Corrections training resources; Missouri
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