Role of Effective Education in Community Integration of Delinquent Youth

Gordon P. Waldo, Florida State University
Ranee McEntire, Florida State University

A fundamental question in the education of delinquent youth is whether effective education programs that produce positive education outcome gains do indeed result in more successful measures of community reintegration. To address this question, this paper presents a series of logitudinal data involving both official and self report data on the community reintegration of delinquent youth. The findings indicate that education programs operating with a higher number of promising education practices that produce higher education outcome gains have more students returning to school and avoiding recidivism compared to those programs operating with fewer promising education practices and educational outcomes gains. The paper concluded with discussion of the policy mandates that can be derived from these research findings.

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