A road never traveled: Using autoethnography to gain insights for improving correctional education and reducing recidivism
Roberson, Kyle L.
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In this autoethnographic research project the researcher details his planned happenstance story that led to a career in correctional education. Using an arts-based inquiry methodology, the researcher documented and studied specific events that through planned happenstance and self-determination, molded his literary, academic, and professional self. By reflecting on and studying the decisions and actions taken from planned happenstance events, the researcher feels that others may benefit and learn from his experiences. Correctional workers have a responsibility to model positive behaviors for the inmates in their charge. The more positive roles all correctional workers take in the education, rehabilitation, and re-entry efforts of the inmate population, the safer our prisons will be for staff and inmates, with the added benefit of lowering recidivism rates. The researcher discovered that using reflective writing is a beneficial strategy for learning and personal growth and is a valuable tool that can help establish a positive culture within the prison walls for staff and inmates alike. Through this project, the researcher feels everyone has elements of their own personal story that has the ability to shape and change the lives of those around them. Additional autoethnographic research can be the medium to add to the body of knowledge related to the fields of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, in both corrections and public education.