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ERIC Number: EJ814391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0740-2708
From Spheres of Civility to Critical Public Spheres: Democracy and Citizenship in the Big House (Part I)
Wright, Randall; Gehring, Thom
Journal of Correctional Education, v59 n3 p244-260 Sep 2008
This paper introduces the concept of prison schools as spheres of civility where ethical forms of communication such as respect, politeness, reciprocity, and inclusiveness in teacher-student dialogue are examined--or recommended. Attention to these micro level communicative processes is considered foundational to democracy and the formation of critical public spheres. Some evidence from student dialogues, teacher interviews and policy documents is provided to illustrate these concepts. Further research into the communicative practices of prison teachers and the concept of prison schools as public spheres is recommended. This essay serves as part of a larger project to reconstruct democracy in prison/schools grounded in a discourse perspective. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A