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Learning behind bars: education in prisons

Bhatti, G (2010) 'Learning behind bars: education in prisons.' Teaching and Teacher Education, 26 (1). pp. 31-36. ISSN 0742-051X

Abstract

This article is based on the negotiated meanings of ‘teaching’ and learning' in prisons. It is informed by the peripheral experiences of prisoners and the legitimate peripheral participation of their teachers. It was found that teachers and students are interdependent and feel equally marginalized. The positions occupied by teachers make legitimate peripheral participation (Lave & Wenger, 1991) possible though it is restricted within limits imposed by their place of work. The research, based on in-depth interviews of four teachers explores the challenges facing both teachers and their students. Concerns about prisoners' dignity, their human rights, entitlement to education and recognition of their learning difficulties are voiced against a culture of acquiescence and unquestioning obedience demanded by the prison regime outside the education classes.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Human rights; Learning difficulties; Dyslexia; Legitimate peripheral participation; Prisons; Marginality
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2013 09:24
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2015 11:39
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/1146
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