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Exploring Digital Literacy Acquisition in a Prison Reentry Program
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  • Gloria Jacobs, Portland State University
  • Elizabeth Withers, Portland State University
  • Jill Castek, Portland State University
  • Kimberly D. Pendell, Portland State University
  • Drew Pizzolato, Portland State University
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  • Adult literacy,
  • Computer assisted instruction,
  • Digital divide
This study examined the experiences of learners who took part in a digital literacy learning program as part of a re-entry program. These learners were provided Internet access for the purpose of acquiring digital skills that would help them transition to the outside world. A digital curriculum that was self-paced and tutor-facilitated provided a structured learning experience for these incarcerated learners. Interviews were conducted with inmates, the program coordinator, and individuals who had gone through the program and were recently released. Qualitative analysis revealed that a peer tutoring model empowered individuals to not only learn the content offered, but also develop socials skills required for persevere in contexts outside the jail.

Presented in December 2015 at Literacy Research Association (LRA). Carlsbad, CA.

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Jacobs, G., Withers, E., Castek, J., Pendell, K., and Pizzolato, D. (2015, Dec.) Exploring Digital Literacy Acquisition in a Prison Reentry Program. In W. I. O’Byrne (Chair) Digital frontiers: Research on literacy and technology. A symposium presentation at the Literacy Research Association Conference (LRA). Carlsbad, CA.