Lifelong Learn. 2023, 13, 51-77

Formal and Non-Formal Education of Adult Convicts - Current Status, Functions and Problem Areas in Slovakia

Dominika Temiaková1, Silvia Lukáčová2, Marek Lukáč3

1Univerzita Konštantína Filozofa v Nitre, Pedagogická fakulta, Katedra pedagogiky, Dražovská 4, 949 01 Nitra, Slovenská republika
2Prešovská univerzita v Prešove, Fakulta humanitných a prírodných vied, Ústav pedagogiky, andragogiky a psychológie, Ul. 17 novembra č. 1, 081 16 Prešov, Slovenská republika
3Prešovská univerzita v Prešove, Centrum jazykov a kultúr národnostných menšín, Ústav rómskych štúdií, Ul. 17. novembra 1, 080 01 Prešov, Slovenská republika

Received September 18, 2022
Accepted March 10, 2023

Correctional education is a part of penitentiary treatment in most countries; it takes place in the form of formal and non-formal education, and cultural and edifying activities. However, where strong restrictive measures limit empirical research in this area, as in Slovakia, there is very little knowledge about the process and results of correctional education. The main goal of this study is to try to answer the question of whether the currently set education of convicts is oriented towards desirable personality changes of convicts or rather brings benefits to the penitentiary system. We decided to answer this question on the basis of the authors’ recent research, which was published in the form of a study and a monograph and brought new knowledge about the informal education of convicted women and the perspectives of teachers who educate convicts in secondary education in prison. At the same time, the study offers an overview of the nature of the education of convicts in Slovakia.


Táto práca bola podporená Agentúrou na podporu výskumu a vývoja na základe Zmluvy č. APVV-18-0018.


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