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Corrections and Reentry: Digital Literacy Acquisition Case Study
Research Briefs and Case Studies
  • Elizabeth Withers, Portland State University
  • Gloria Jacobs, Portland State University
  • Jill Castek, Portland State University
  • Drew Pizzolato, Portland State University
  • Kimberly D. Pendell, Portland State University
  • Stephen Reder, Portland State University
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Research Brief
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  • Adult literacy,
  • Computer assisted instruction,
  • Digital divide
This case study investigates the digital literacy acquisition process for learners within a corrections setting. The digital literacy program was part of the reentry program available to some individuals approaching their release date. The case study describes the lab within a prison, and details of how mentor-facilitated, self-paced learning was organized. Examination of the learner path in a corrections setting highlights how learners perceived the relevance of digital literacy in their lives; how they overcame their fears of computers or technology and their self-confidence grew; and potential changes in their self-identity, which often led to imagining new and different possible futures. Implications for these findings include how correctional education and reentry programs can improve post-release employment rates and reduce recidivism by offering incarcerated individuals strength-based skills development training that aim to empower these individuals, foster confidence, capability, and hope for the future.
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Withers, E., Jacobs, G., Castek, J., Pizzolato, D., Pendell, K., & Reder S. (2015). Corrections and reentry. Digital literacy acquisition case study.