Detention Home Teachers in Virginia: Who Are They and What Is Their Job Like?

Weiss, Margaret P.; Haynes, Nancy; Lloyd, John Wills
September 2001
Journal of Correctional Education;Sep2001, Vol. 52 Issue 3, p99
Academic Journal
Detention home facilities, unlike correctional facilities, provide short-term care for juveniles awaiting court dates, incarceration, or parental supervision. These juveniles range in age from 7 to 18, therefore, detention homes must provide educational services and most establish their own school programs. In this study, we asked detention home teachers in Virginia about their beliefs, necessary teaching skills, student and school demographics, and personal demographics. On average, these teachers are white females, between 41 and 50 years old, with 1 to 5 or over 20 years of teaching experience, and with relatively strong feelings of efficacy.


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