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ERIC Number: EJ867040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
Learning behind Bars: Education in Prisons
Bhatti, Ghazala
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v26 n1 p31-36 Jan 2010
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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