Issues in Prison Higher Education

Issues in Prison Higher Education

Anni Hesselink (University of South Africa, South Africa)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2909-5.ch006


This chapter evaluates higher education within a correctional set-up. The relationship between education and crime, and how education can shape (facilitate) or curb crime are explored. Education as a prevailing tool in offender self-development and rehabilitation forms the focus of this chapter. Furthermore, incarcerated learners' access to Information Communication Technology - the dire need hereof, as well as the disadvantages linked to internet access - is scrutinized. Research findings that are related to incarcerated learners' perceptions, experiences and obstacles with regards to tertiary education illustrate their stark reality with education in prison. The chapter concludes with thoughts that more correctional and community financial and emotional support are needed to ease incarcerated learners' educational journey in prison.
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According to Taylor (2016) the term ‘education’ with reference to a correctional environment, should be expanded to include the manifestation of a culture of learning, life skills, good relationships, trust, and a culture that encourages vocational and academic learning. Conditions conducive to a correctional learning environment include peer-to-peer learning, e-learning, a safe and spacious environment to learn, adequate guidance and efforts that are linked to therapeutic interventions, and active engagement in education that will facilitate a sense of belonging. Education cannot occur in isolation and it is therefore important to provide inmates with emotional and financial support. This support will ensure that inmates understand their own behaviour (i.e. fears, anxieties and challenges).

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