Europe’s prison population is around 640,000 and it’s estimated that only 3-5% are at a level that would allow them to progress into higher education. Low education levels affect prisoners’ employment prospects, and impact reinsertion into society and the likelihood of reoffending. To discuss prison education, we’re holding a text-based discussion here as part of EPALE Prison Education Week.
This discussion is based on a Norwegian report, “Learning Basic Skills while serving time”, which describes a specific pedagogical approach used for the provision of basic skills training in prisons. You can acess it here. Relevance, motivation and contextual learning are important issues for all adult learning in Europe today. Is this type of approach implemented in your country?
The discussion is now open, so comment or 'react' to a post to have your say. (Log in or sign up to EPALE here to take part). Follow live highlights of the discussion on Twitter and Facebook! Look out for updates via #epale2016.
** Summary of the discussion
The topics in this discussion cover:
- Basic literacy and numeracy, including accreditation, length of sentence and embedded learning
- Pre course assessment and motivational issues, including assessment methods, tools for motivation and the differences between basic and key skills
- Training of service providers, such as basic prison rules and guides that have been introduced through projects
- Evaluation of success, through analysis of recidivism rates, employment and skills acquisition
For a more comprehensive summary of the discussion on the first day, see Dr Joe Giordmaina's summary post in the discussion.