Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Defining a curriculum for offenders : a case study of the development and implementation of a curriculum intervention incorporating e-learning in a prison establishment
Author: Long, Janet
ISNI:       0000 0004 2689 0232
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2010
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Access from Institution:
The context for this study is set within a brief historical account of the development of prison education up to and including present day policies. The current policy background encompasses the Offender Learning Journey, Offender Learning and Skills Service and the government's Green Papers Reducing Re-Offending through Skills and Employment (2005) and Next Steps (2006). Furthermore, the literature review considers education and employment discourse in relation to social exclusion and participation in learning. The research design is predominately qualitative within a single case study framework, utilising a mixed methods approach. It investigates perceptions of staff and offenders to the development and implementation of a curriculum intervention involving an integrated full-time programme of production, training and e-Iearning delivered in a prison establishment. The rising prison population resulted in an expansion programme which saw a new residential unit, workshop and learning and skills activity centre built to accommodate an extra 180 adult male offenders in the case study establishment. This provided the opportunity, as an insider researcher, to explore specifically the development and implementation of a curriculum intervention integrating technology into one of the new workshop facilities. The three partners namely, the Prison Service, OLASS and Learndirect college providers collaborated together on the integrated programme. Hence, research has been conducted at a practical level describing obstacles and outcomes of a local initiative adopting a partnership approach to the said curriculum intervention and the responses of a purposive sample of 5 staff and 6 offenders to it. Data was analysed using a grounded theory approach and research conclusions suggest that barriers/obstacles are not unique to the case study establishment particularly when integrating technology into the curriculum. Furthermore, some negative staff attitudes emerged but this did not undermine the project. The study indicates effective tripartite working which was instrumental to the success of the intervention which motivated and engaged offenders to succeed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available