Faith and Moral Development: A Case Study of a Jail Faith-Based Correctional Education Program

Swanson, Karen
December 2009
Journal of Correctional Education;Dec2009, Vol. 60 Issue 4, p343
Academic Journal
Increasingly, faith-based programs have provided curriculum in correctional facilities to meet the challenge of rehabilitating offenders. To attempt to identify the impact of such instruction, this qualitative case study examines the faith and moral development of the participants in one such program. Through interviews, observations, document studies, and video tape analysis; the author attempted to understand the participants' perspectives about their development within the context of the program. Emergent themes identified that participants' cognition, volition, and relationships lead to faith - and moral development. Several sub-themes were also identified. Findings suggest that the development of faith and morality are concomitant, and that while all three aspects-cognition, volition, and relationships-are needed for faith and moral growth, community relationships are of paramount importance to developing and sustaining faith and morality.


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