ERIC Number: ED407391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Carousel: A Moral Framework for Inquiring into the Culture of Prisons and Academe.
Mullen, Carol A.
The moral framework of a carousel is used to advance possible connections between the institutional and regulatory life within prisons and teacher education programs. The moral paradigm case narrated is based on the researcher's field experience in a prison as a researcher-teacher. Connections are drawn to restrictions within a correctional writing program and the qualitative protocols of research. The framework of a carousel promotes an expressive, less bounded way of studying prescriptive and liberatory practices. The carousel image underscores the institutional cycles of circularity, predictability, and continuity. Inmates, understood broadly, are viewed as prisoners of this pattern. The carousel also refers to the romance side of rehabilitation and re-education, and to institutional cover stories that can be disrupted in an effort to reform. The carousel framework is developed using multiple writing efforts that contradict traditional notions of education and rehabilitation. Through border crossing into correctional facilities or prison education, moral development in one's own field can be examined with respect to educational inquiry and its correctional elements; conversely, incarceration itself can produce liberatory elements that have educational meaning. It is argued that examining the cultures of teacher education and correctional facilities can lead to further insights into educators conceptions. (Contains 51 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).