In a narrative inquiry, five educators who taught college in prison share stories about working in this non-traditional learning environment that is often dangerous and frustrating. From the tension between the prison's emphasis on social control and the educators' concern for democratic classrooms, three broad themes emerged: working in borderlands, negotiating power relations, and making personal transformations. Large intact segments from transcripts of participant interviews form a dramatic text that illuminates how a selected group of educators made meaning of their experience teaching college courses to incarcerated students. A comparative analysis presented in a one act play brings together the individual participant voices to tell a collective story, which has meaning in the context of a shared emotional experience.
Dramatic Text, Narrative Inquiry, College in Prison, and Comparative Analysis
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Spaulding, S. B., Banning, J., Harbour, C. P., & Davies, T. G. (2009). Drama: A Comparative Analysis of Individual Narratives. The Qualitative Report, 14(3), 524-565. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol14/iss3/10