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LRDG seminar: Interrupted Education, Interrupted Life

Date: 14 October 2008 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

Anita Wilson,Literacy Research Centre, Lancaster UniversityInterrupted Education, Interrupted LifeThis 14 month project has just begun. It is funded by the ESRC Small Grants scheme and is looking at how the criminal justice system acts as an exacerbating or ameliorative force on the educational progress of young offenders. It has three main areas of investigation. Firstly, it looks at the more complex reasons why young offenders may not have engaged with learning prior to imprisonment. Secondly, and crucially, it looks at the impact of the criminal system itself on such learning. Finally the study looks at how, despite their perceived lack of basic skills, young men in prison negotiate the labyrinth of bureaucratic texts they are obliged to encounter. Conversations to date indicate that as one young man put it, the criminal justice system not only interrupts education but also 'my whole life'.

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Organising departments and research centres: Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language


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