Education Quarterly Reviews

ISSN 2621-5799

Published: 10 June 2019

The Challenges of the Inmates’ Adult Educator. A Greek Case Study

Petros Tzatsis, Evaggelos Anagnou, Efthymios Valkanos, Iosif Fragkoulis

Hellenic Open University (Greece), University of Macedonia (Greece)

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Pages: 377-385

Keywords: Barriers in Prison Education, Challenges of Inmates’ Adult Educator, Second Chance Schools in Prisons


The inmates’ adult educator implements the principles of adult education in the enclosed prison environment and makes efforts to reintegrate them socially. In Greece, inmates’ adult educators mainly work in Second Chance Schools (SCS) operating in prisons. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the challenges encountered by inmates’ adult educators at the Second Chance School of Chania Prison. The qualitative method was used in this research. According to the results of the survey, the inmates’ adult educators of the SCS of Chania Prison believe the challenges they encounter derive mainly from the conditions of imprisonment and the inelastic way of prison operation. In addition, they consider that several barriers arise from the particular characteristics of the prisoners and from the deficiencies of the inmates’ adult educators themselves.


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