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ERIC Number: EJ855989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
Drama: A Comparative Analysis of Individual Narratives
Spaulding, Susanna Belle; Banning, James; Harbour, Clifford P.; Davies, Timothy Gray
Qualitative Report, v14 n3 p524-565 Sep 2009
In a narrative inquiry, five educators who taught college in prison share stories about working in this non-traditional learning environment that is often dangerous and frustrating. From the tension between the prison's emphasis on social control and the educators' concern for democratic classrooms, three broad themes emerged: working in borderlands, negotiating power relations, and making personal transformations. Large intact segments from transcripts of participant interviews form a dramatic text that illuminates how a selected group of educators made meaning of their experience teaching college courses to incarcerated students. A comparative analysis presented in a one act play brings together the individual participant voices to tell a collective story, which has meaning in the context of a shared emotional experience. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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