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The role of post-secondary education among ex-inmates living crime-free


J-F and Gillies, R and Carroll, A and Swabey, K and Pullen, D and Fluck, A and Yu, J, The role of post-secondary education among ex-inmates living crime-free, Proceedings of the 2014 joint Australian Association for Research in Education and New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference, 30 November - 4 December, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1-14. ISSN 1324-9320 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Post-secondary education is claimed to have long-term life benefits for all individuals. However, little is known in terms of how post-secondary education assists ex-inmates to live crime-free. The aim of the present study was to explore how post-secondary education independently and directly came to assist ex-inmates to live crime-free. Participants (n=20) in the study were male ex-inmates living crime-free. Comprehensive education-related information in terms of school experiences, learning trajectories and educational history/background was collected for each of the participants. The study found that only few participants (20%) who continued post-secondary post-prison education not only remained crime-free but had a positive pathway post-release. Gaining post-secondary qualifications appeared to position ex-inmates in a socially cultured academic environment away from anti-social and negative at-risk communities directly assisting them to live crime-free. Consequently post-secondary education appears to reposition ex-inmates into a crime-free post-prison pathway. Hence, prison education (i.e. education programs delivered in prison) for inmates should be organized and/or facilitated toward post-secondary education with a multifaceted lifelong learning pathways.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:post-secondary education, ex-inmates
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:J-F (Dr J F)
UTAS Author:Swabey, K (Professor Karen Swabey)
UTAS Author:Pullen, D (Dr Darren Pullen)
UTAS Author:Fluck, A (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
UTAS Author:Yu, J (Dr JJ Yu)
ID Code:97625
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-01-05
Last Modified:2017-12-09
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