Article | European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults | Adult higher education in a portuguese prison

Title:
Adult higher education in a portuguese prison
Author:
José António Moreira: Open University, Portugal Angélica Monteiro: CIIE, FPCE, Porto University and RECI - IP, Portugal Ana Machado: Open University, Portugal
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9120
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Year:
2017
Volume:
8
Issue:
1
Pages:
37-53
No. of pages:
17
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2017-04-03


Over the years, the European Union has strengthened measures that address the need to find answers to the challenges posed by the information society, which in turn underscores the importance of a focus on innovation of adult education, especially for those in conditions of social exclusion. The aim of this paper is to analyse the reality of Higher Education in Distance Learning and e-Learning in a prison context. The results from interviews, interpreted in a context of a non-positivist paradigm, show that students are rather motivated because they foresee a more attractive future if they have an academic diploma. Despite this, however, their expectations are not very high, because they acknowledge that their rehabilitation will be difficult due to the stigma of being an ex-prisoner. The results show, also, that the education process has many weaknesses and limitations mostly due to the lack of facilities, educational and technological resources, and support from teachers.

Keywords: Adult education; e-learning; prison education; digital inclusion; lifelong learning

Volume 8, Issue: 1, Article 3, 2017

Author:
José António Moreira, Angélica Monteiro, Ana Machado
Title:
Adult higher education in a portuguese prison:
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9120
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Volume 8, Issue: 1, Article 3, 2017

Author:
José António Moreira, Angélica Monteiro, Ana Machado
Title:
Adult higher education in a portuguese prison:
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9120
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