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ERIC Number: EJ945550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0194-3081
Borderland Stories about Teaching College in Prison
Spaulding, Susanna
New Directions for Community Colleges, n155 p73-83 Fall 2011
Going inside the prison to teach is similar to traveling to a foreign country and encountering a new culture. When educators enter the prison, they experience a physical and social distance from other groups such as teachers on the outside, prison system employees, community members, and even family. Although educators who teach college in prison feel marginal in their interactions with higher education institutions and correctional systems, they feel central in their role as teachers where they matter in the lives of their inmate-students. In this article, the author begins with a brief overview of prison education in the United States. Next, she presents the themes that emerged from her narrative inquiry into the experiences of the prison educators with whom she spoke. Their stories centered on working in a borderland, negotiating power relations, and making personal transformations. Then she offers two conceptual frameworks that are useful in understanding the experience of teaching college in prison. Finally, she recommends that community colleges expand their involvement in prison education by describing several successful collaborations among community colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, and state corrections systems to provide access to higher education for prisoners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States