The Profile of the Inmates’ Adult Educator: A Greek Case Study

Education Quarterly Reviews

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Published: 12 February 2019

The Profile of the Inmates’ Adult Educator: A Greek Case Study

Petros Tzatsis, Evaggelos Anagnou, Efthymios Valkanos, Iosif Fragkoulis

Hellenic Open University, University of Macedonia, Greece

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10.31014/aior.1993.02.01.45

Abstract

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 role of the inmates’ adult educator 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 they need to have knowledge of the principles of adult education as well as of the prison system. In addition, they perceive the skills to delimit their relationship with prisoners, empathic and problem-solving skills as decisive. Finally, the attitudes of accepting and respecting prisoners are fundamental for the inmates’ adult educators of the SCS of Chania Prison.

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