Term of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)


Department of Curriculum Studies

Committee Chair

Diana Hammitte

Committee Member 1

Ming Fang He

Committee Member 2

William M. Reynolds

Committee Member 3

Joyce Bergin


This thesis uses critical theory perspectives and qualitative research methodology to explore the experiences of a group of incarcerated juveniles in a short term jail setting. The researcher seeks to better understand the perspective of the selected juveniles, track their current social and legal situations, as well as gather information about their thoughts on the experiences of being detained and educated in a maximum security facility. While the participants in this study have differing legal and social history before and after their incarceration, they all received self-contained special education services while at the Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center. This thesis will explore the thoughts the participants themselves had about this experience, supplementing the dearth of available research in this area.

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