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ERIC Number: EJ864067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
Idealized Visions from behind Bars: Prisoners' Perspectives on School Change
Carr-Chellman, Alison A.; Beabout, Brian; Almeida, Louis; Gursoy, Hursa
International Journal of Educational Reform, v18 n2 p155-172 Spr 2009
This article presents findings of a qualitative exploration of prisoners' perspectives on ideal schools. Based on the foundation of systems theory, it suggests that many voices are unheard in the school reform dialogue. The results of interviews with maximum-security prisoners pointed to a need for increased relationships among teachers and families and learners. They also wanted significantly more rule-oriented and rigid regulations within the schools. This is certainly in stark contrast to some earlier studies and was thus surprising. We believe that it is imperative to continue this work, gathering the voices of the homeless, the working poor, migrant workers, and other disenfranchised populations to help create a school reform agenda that includes the perspectives of the broadest possible segment of the population. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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