Title: Why a pluralist economics education is important for incarcerated individuals

Authors: Jacqueline Strenio

Addresses: Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland, Oregon, USA

Abstract: An economics education provides students with the tools necessary to solve today's complex problems and additionally, is desirable among employers. This is true for both traditional college students and incarcerated individuals enrolled in college courses in the USA. This article reviews the literature on the benefits of correctional education, arguing explicitly for the inclusion of economics in college-in-prison programs. Using the experience of teaching economics in a state prison, I extrapolate on how key economic principles can be made relevant in incarcerated lives. The necessity for diversity in economic content, especially within the limitations of a college-in-prison economics course, is also explored. A pluralist approach to economics encourages students to think critically about economic theory and allows for the incorporation of work by a diverse set of scholars that may more closely resemble the incarcerated population. Additional pedagogical considerations to contemplate when teaching in correctional education programs are briefly highlighted.

Keywords: prison; correctional education; postsecondary correctional education; college-in-prison; economics education; teaching economics; plurality; pluralism; pedagogy; human capital; re-entry; labour market discrimination; feminist economics.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPEE.2019.104882

International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 2019 Vol.10 No.3, pp.258 - 272

Received: 08 Nov 2018
Accepted: 14 Jun 2019

Published online: 03 Feb 2020 *

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