The Self Actualized Correctional Educator

Zaro, Dennis
March 2000
Journal of Correctional Education;Mar2000, Vol. 51 Issue 1, p191
Academic Journal
Correctional educators are burdened with the Herculean task of providing education to an extraordinarily complex and problematic group of students. They encounter a unique distribution of students with challenges which differ from those encountered by free world adult educators. A disturbingly large proportion of these educators are inadequately prepared for the task. Furthermore, they work within a system which does not prioritize education—a system which often values its teachers more for their record keeping and supervision capabilities than for quality of instruction. This author's review of the literature in correctional education provided support for these claims. In order to maintain professional identity and avoid burnout, correctional educators must become self-actualized. Such teachers are self-starters who employ instructional techniques which do not rely on the broader umbrella of the correctional institution for implementation.


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