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Inmate Education as a Service Learning Opportunity for Students: Preparation, Benefits, and Lessons Learned
Teaching of Psychology
  • Cheryl L. Meyer, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Megan K. Harned, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Amanda Schaad, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Katherine Sunder, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Judson Palmer, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Christy Tinch
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
3-4-2016
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Abstract

There is mounting evidence that prison inmates benefit from educational opportunities but may not be offered to them. In addition, when they are offered, priority is given to prisoners who will be released in the near future, and those serving long-term or life sentences are less likely to have access to classes. A service learning opportunity was created where students taught a life span development class to women serving long-term sentences. This article provides a guide to setting up the class while avoiding obstacles along the way. It also outlines benefits to students, inmates, supervising faculty, and society. In order to teach, students must apply what they have learned, and the prison experience challenges them to consider their power and privilege.

DOI
10.1177/0098628316636278
Citation Information
Cheryl L. Meyer, Megan K. Harned, Amanda Schaad, Katherine Sunder, et al.. "Inmate Education as a Service Learning Opportunity for Students: Preparation, Benefits, and Lessons Learned" Teaching of Psychology Vol. 43 Iss. 2 (2016) p. 120 - 125 ISSN: 00986283
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/cheryl_meyer/24/