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Forced to Learn: Community-based Correctional Education
Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology
  • Ron Mottern
  • C. Amelia Davis, Georgia Southern University
  • Mary F. Ziegler, University of Tennessee
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Community-based correctional education has received scant attention in adult literacy research yet mandatory education is a growing part of the legal system and is fueled by research that suggests a link between correctional education and lower rates of recidivism. Growth in alternative to prison programs affects local ABE and GED programs. Adults who attend community-based correctional programs as a condition of their probation or parole face many challenges. The purpose of this existential-phenomenological study was to understand the experience of those adults. Findings describe students’ experiences of being forced to attend a GED program. Opening a space for these stories may help adult educators in community-based programs improve their practice by understanding how students experience the GED program.

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Mottern, Ron, C. Amelia Davis and Mary F. Ziegler. (2013). Forced to Learn: Community-based Correctional Education. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology, 1(2), 317-345. Retrieved online at: