A University Without Walls

Weinbren, Daniel (2019). A University Without Walls. In: Mehigan, James and Earle, Rod eds. Degrees of Freedom. Prison Education At The Open University. Bristol: Policy Press in association with The Open University, pp. 51–70.

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During its formative years the development of prisoner education at the Open University (henceforth OU) was shaped by prisoners, prison and OU staff, and framed by a government desire to maintain and develop society through broadening prospects for social improvement. OU staff tended to see the university as part of a social democratic commitment to rehabilitation. Their pedagogy encouraged learners to be active in constructing knowledge by reflection on experience. For many prisoners, education was a means of escape, or at least engaging with ideas from beyond the walls.

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