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The Inside Story, Practitioner Perspectives on Teaching in Prison

Irwin, Tracy (2008) The Inside Story, Practitioner Perspectives on Teaching in Prison. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 47 (5). pp. 512-528. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2311.2008.00536.x


The status of prison educational programmes is described as ‘marginal’ (Reuss1999, p.114) and prisons are portrayed in the worst terms as ‘human dustbins’(Parkinson 1997, p.16). Whilst inside accounts of prison life are rare (Scraton andMoore 2006) some ethnographic reports from practitioners working in prisons have beenpublished (Reuss 1999, 2000, 2003; Pawson 2000). This article adds to the corpus,presenting a personal account of teaching based on six years’ experience working inMaghaberry Prison in Northern Ireland. Successful pedagogical approaches as well aspractical inconveniences faced daily by educationalists working in this environment arepresented.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:9860
Deposited By: Dr Tracy Irwin
Deposited On:04 Feb 2010 15:54
Last Modified:30 Oct 2012 16:27

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