Correctional Education: Technology Assisted Literacy and Language Learning Research Project

The rehabilitative measures in place within Canadian Correctional centres include opportunities for incarcerated individuals to change and grow through educational interventions specifically designed to increase skills sets and overall self-confidence. Given the challenging environment of correctional facilities, opportunities to provide efficient and enhanced processes for learning with the potential are sought as they are considered to equip incarcerated persons for life after incarceration and reduce recidivism. Recent studies have shown that “inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43% lower odds of recidivating than inmates who did not” (Davis et al., 2014, p. 14). With this positive outcome in mind, correctional programming is offered in all Canadian correctional centres, federal and provincial (Correctional Service Canada, 2019). This project will provide an opportunity to pilot Scanning Pens, a technology designed to support students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia or those learning English. The objectives of this research are to better understand how instructors and students in Canadian correctional facilities can use Scanning Pens to enhance the literacy learning within the corrections environment. Using mixed methods, including pre and post literacy assessment tools, questionnaires, and semi-structured interviews, this research will draw on pragmatic and social constructivist research paradigms.

Christina White Prosser
Faculty Supervisor: 
Roswita Dressler
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