Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Mixed Methods Research Study Investigating the Influence of Technology on Offender Mindset, Resilience, and Self-Efficacy in Northwest Correctional Facilities
by Buchholz, Jesse, Ph.D., Northwest Nazarene University, 2017, 254; 10603347
Abstract (Summary)

Increasing a correctional offender's mindset, resilience, and self-efficacy can be accomplished through the efficient use of technology within correctional education. Correctional facilities that employ the use of technology have the capacity to provide offenders with a tool that will serve them while they are incarcerated and again when they are reintroduced into society. This study utilized a mixed-methods approach which allowed for an in-depth examination of the impact of technology on an offender's mindset, resilience, and self-efficacy. The theoretical framework of Carol Dweck was woven throughout this study to appraise the three research questions providing the foundation for this study. While using technology in a correctional education setting, offenders were given a self-reflective mindset, resilience, and self-efficacy survey instrument that provided quantitative data. Outcomes from an analysis of means demonstrated that correctional offenders established significant growth in mindset and self-efficacy, but did not express significant growth in resilience. Also, phenomenological interviews were collected that revealed themes related to the influence of technology on correctional offenders. Furthermore, themes from the interviews also highlighted a newfound confidence in the future and the ability to attain a new set of goals. Technology was proven to be a vehicle that can potentially catapult correctional students into higher levels of accomplishment. Correctional education was also proven to be able to provide a needed means to academic and future success for offenders. This study helps to fill the gap that currently exists in the literature concerning the impact of technology on offender mindset, resilience, and self-efficacy, as well as, the impact technology has on success measures for correctional offenders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Studebaker, Bethani
Commitee: Garner, Curtis, Nourse, Mary Ellen
School: Northwest Nazarene University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Idaho
Source: DAI-A 78/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Criminology, Educational technology
Keywords: Correctional education, Mindset, Offender, Resilience, Self-efficacy, Technology
Publication Number: 10603347
ISBN: 978-0-355-09863-1
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