Title

The Role of Educational Policy in a Juvenile Justice Alternative Program: G.A.P. Case Study-Program Evaluation

Date

5-26-2016 10:30 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 11:00 AM

Location

HSS 235

Department

Sociology

Session Chair

Dean Braa

Session Title

Research and Praxis in Sociology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Maureen Dolan

Abstract

The study examined how the Guaranteed Attendance Program, an alternative to detention for youth, incorporated education. Research indicated that schools create and control juvenile delinquency. Education is especially important for juvenile delinquents, as it aids in reducing recidivism among youth. A qualitative research method was used, which included 12 semi-structured interviews with youth and staff, two focus groups with the youth, as well as five months of participant observation. Research found that the G.A.P. did not value education. Also, the youth understood the importance of education, but had no intention of pursuing higher education.

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The Role of Educational Policy in a Juvenile Justice Alternative Program: G.A.P. Case Study-Program Evaluation

HSS 235

The study examined how the Guaranteed Attendance Program, an alternative to detention for youth, incorporated education. Research indicated that schools create and control juvenile delinquency. Education is especially important for juvenile delinquents, as it aids in reducing recidivism among youth. A qualitative research method was used, which included 12 semi-structured interviews with youth and staff, two focus groups with the youth, as well as five months of participant observation. Research found that the G.A.P. did not value education. Also, the youth understood the importance of education, but had no intention of pursuing higher education.