The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and Higher Order Thinking: A Propensity Score Matching Approach
This study sought to examine if students in an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program course, one that is held inside a correctional facility with both currently incarcerated individuals and university students, indicated the course emphasized greater higher-order thinking skills compared to courses taught and held in traditional settings. Utilizing a propensity score matching approach, we compared scores from a higher order thinking index of university students from multiple Inside-Out courses to university students in traditional social science courses. We found that students who participated in an Inside-Out course reported their course emphasized greater higher order thinking skills compared to the control group. Results suggest Inside-Out courses might be especially conducive to help students better assess information and applying concepts to complex circumstances.
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