The Unity in Community: Fostering Academic Success Among Diverse Communities of Male Offenders in Correctional Institutions

Rose, Jane E.; Voss, Maxilyn
December 2003
Journal of Correctional Education;Dec2003, Vol. 54 Issue 4, p131
Academic Journal
Two post-secondary correctional educators discuss how they have enhanced the rehabilitation of diverse population of adult male offenders, including whites, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans, by incorporating diversity initiatives into their instruction and curricula at two correctional facilities in Northwest Indiana. One way is to form moral communities, like those prescribed by Clifford Edwards, by fostering collaboration through teamwork and by providing opportunities for offender students to contribute to their academic community as, for example, academic tutors and computer lab monitors. Another way is to hold offender students to high learning outcomes and to facilitate their learning by treating them respectfully and fairly and by teaching them how to interact successfully and democratically in an often hostile, yet culturally diversified, environment/community. Finally a liberal arts curriculum enhances the development of critical thinking skills and values for the global workplace.


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