Inmates and University in Italy and Spain: non-traditional students on the margins

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TitoloInmates and University in Italy and Spain: non-traditional students on the margins
Tipo di pubblicazioneConference Paper
Anno di pubblicazione2016
Autore/iPillera G
Titolo del convegnoESREA - Access, Learning Careers and Identities Network. Sevilla, 2016 November
Parole chiavee-learning, non-traditional students, prison education, rehabilitation, university
Abstract

The increase in the educational level of prisoners contributes to the reduction of recidivism, to the improvement of social ties and then to the promotion of public safety. However many obstacles (legislative, organizational, cultural) de facto restrict full access of prisoners to the higher levels of education, even until this day.

In this paper, first we discuss the right to education in the specific field of university studies in Italy and Spain, identifying similarities, differences, limits and contradictions of the regulations in force in both countries, within the framework of international law. Within this particular cultural, educational and inter-institutional dimension, which takes place in many Spanish and Italian prisons, we compare some available statistical data and we describe in general terms the experience in the two countries, with a special focus on the new learning technologies.

Indeed, the ICT has brought new tools for inclusive and active learning, particularly relevant to the contexts of isolation (geographical, physical, social or cultural). Besides, the e-learning appears effective to promote continuity of academic career for those entering or leaving prison.

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