Strategies for Coping with the Revolving Door

Thomas, Robert G.
March 2003
Journal of Correctional Education;Mar2003, Vol. 54 Issue 1, p19
Academic Journal
This article addresses the variety of problems faced by instructors who teach in the California Department of Corrections education division. Of particular concern, is the issue of how to manage an education program in which students enter and exit at different times throughout a year-round school system. The author focuses on the approaches he uses in a junior-high-school level, multiple-subjects program for adult male felons at the California Men's Colony/West Facility in San Luis Obispo, California. The article describes specific ways to address five central challenges to providing quality instruction. Those challenges include: (a) assessing student Learning needs; (b) providing appropriate learning materials and experiences; (c) incorporating individualized and group instruction; (d) tracking student progress; and (e) providing rewards and administering punishment. Each section that describes a challenge is introduced by specific instructional principles.


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