Episode 58: Kirstine Szifris on Teaching Philosophy in English Prisons

Kirstine is a research associate at Manchester Metropolitan University, and is pursuing a PhD at Cambridge University in Criminological Research. Her research involves developing and delivering Philosophy courses in prisons in England. Her program is based on the principles of Socratic Dialogue and encourages participants to engage in Philosophical conversation in a safe, non-adversarial dialogue.  She is interested in the role of education in a maximum security environment and its relevance to the personal development and well-being of the prisoner-participants.  Her research indicates the important role education can play in prisoners’ self-understanding and identity development as well as how and why prison education impacts recidivism and employment


Kirstine Szifris on Twitter: @KirstineSzifris

Kirstine Szifris’ research profile: www.crim.cam.ac.uk/people/phd/szifris_kirstine/


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