Lookup NU author(s): David Moseley,
Dr Jill Clark,
Dr Vivienne Baumfield,
Dr Elaine Hall,
This report examines how educators and psychologists seek to foster positive thinking, learning and behaviour change in prisons. Part A focuses on the English Speaking Board’s oral communication courses, looking at evidence from observations, interviews and feedback, and at participants’ reoffending rates. Part B is a complementary account of desk-based research focusing on cognitive skill development programmes. The authors argue that prisons should be designed as ‘thinking environments’, and that oral and thinking skills interventions should continue in the community after prisoners’ release. The report will be of value to policy-makers, managers, teachers and researchers.
Author(s): Moseley D, Clark J, Baumfield V, Hall E, Hall I, Miller J, Blench G, Gregson M, Spedding T
Series Editor(s): Soden, R; Livingston, K
Publication type: Report
Type: LSRC Research Report
Report Number: ISBN: 1845723864
Institution: Learning and Skills Research Centre
Place Published: London
Notes: Both parts of the report examine ways in which educators and psychologists seek to foster positive thinking, learning and behavioural change in prisons. Acknowledging that transfer of
knowledge and skills to different contexts is problematical, the authors argue that prisons should be designed as ‘thinking environments’ and that oral communication and thinking skills
interventions need to be continued in the community after prisoners are released.
Other common themes include the importance for learners of motivation, learner interaction, concern for others and formative feedback; and the need for staff to model across disciplines the
kind of behaviour they wish to promote.
Policy-makers, managers, teachers and researchers will find in this report useful reviews of research into teaching and learning in prisons, together with new evidence about the value of oral communication and group activity in the rehabilitation of offenders.