Structure of Intellect and Learning Style of Incarcerated Youth Assessment: A Means to Providing a Continuum of Educational Service in Juvenile Justice

Sheridan, Matthew J.; Steele-Dadzie, Timothy E.
December 2005
Journal of Correctional Education;Dec2005, Vol. 56 Issue 4, p347
Academic Journal
The authors analyzed data on the information processing abilities of incarcerated youth (n = 1480) within a correctional center. The goal was to develop a learning style profile of the juvenile offenders. Based on the current sample, they concluded that the bulk of the students were figural learners in terms of the preferred modality for receiving information. Their strongest processing abilities were creativity (15% scored in the superior range) and memory (29.2% scored in the superior range). With regard to the level of complexity, the students' strengths were in relationships and transformations. Transformations are very similar to creativity and confirm the need to allow for a classroom structure that promotes student involvement, movement, open-ended questioning, and contributions. Addressing the cognitive skill needs of incarcerated youth is presented as a viable option for reducing recidivism within the juvenile justice system.


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