Basic education for offenders

Dalglish, Carol L. (1979) Basic education for offenders. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 23(3), pp. 240-243.

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ILLITERACY is now increasingly recognised as a serious social problem. UNESCO defines literacy in the following way :- "A person is literate when he has acquired the essential knowledge skills that enable him to engage in all those activities in which literacy is required for effective functioning in his group and community" This is in fact seeing the problem in terms of functional literacy. As the demands of an increasingly industrial society grow, more and more people who are functionally illiterate are appearing. Many do not have the functional skills required to enable them to apply for a job. This inability to obtain work is common among clients of the probation service. Literacy has become so important in our society, that to be unable to read and write causes great feeling of isolation, of being different and inferior, which often leads the illiterate to join a group where this deficiency is unknown and where he can gain some status. This is often a delinquent group.

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ID Code: 54316
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Education, Offenders
DOI: 10.1177/0306624X7902300307
ISSN: 0306-624X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1979 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 25 Oct 2012 01:26
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2012 01:26

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