Sheet of GAVARD-VEAU Jeanne

Doctoral Student in Educational Studies and Temporary Teaching and Research Assistant
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Co-director: Géraldine Farges

Title of the thesis: Teaching in prison? Specificity and regularity of the professional commitment of teachers through the lens of atypical careers

Thesis Summary:

“Teaching in prison? Specificities and regularities of the professional commitment to teaching through the lens of atypical careers”.

Teaching in prison may seem in some respects an unenviable situation for professionals in that it presents uncertainties about the behavior of young people, the organization and the outlets of such teaching (the level of young people being very heterogeneous). However, some teachers who have experienced the “classic” school system seem to find there, according to the available research, an interest and gratifications that they do not have elsewhere, despite the tensions that saturate the prison space. The doctoral project therefore proposes to analyze the professional commitment of teachers in the prison environment, by integrating the contributions of the sociology of professions to the central issues of the educational sciences. Indeed, the educational interactions that take place in this closed context present specificities that need to be understood (Abbott 1988). The main hypothesis formulated is that constrained spaces, such as the prison environment, can paradoxically offer spaces of freedom for teaching professionals, whose relations with the local hierarchy (school heads and territorial inspectors) will be analyzed. Teachers can also find a recognition among prisoners that they do not find in the “ordinary” environment. Inmates, who must volunteer to attend classes, gain a status of learner through teaching, conferred by people who, unlike prison guards in a total institution (Goffman, 1968), are not driven by disciplinary concerns, and make it possible to partially escape the stigma of delinquency. Thus, the symbolic rewards associated with this singular educational act can be high for teachers (Bense Ferreira Alves and Leblanc, 2013), coming to confirm their social utility. In partnership with the Direction Régionale des Services Pénitentiaires de Bourgogne, a mixed methodology will be implemented, articulating administrative data analysis, an ethnographic field survey and a questionnaire survey.



  • Victoria David, Jeanne Gavard-Veau. Deux analyses statistiques sur le(s) rapport(s) au métier des enseignants en carrière atypique. Semaine DATA SHS, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme de Dijon, Dec 2023, Dijon, France. ⟨halshs-04419269⟩
  • Jeanne Gavard-Veau. Teaching in Prison : an Atypical Career for a Minority of Professionals in France. The value of diversity in education and educational research, ECER (European Conference on Educational Research), Sep 2023, Glasgow, United Kingdom. ⟨halshs-04207011⟩
  • Jeanne Gavard-Veau. L’enseignement en prison : de l’alternative méconnue à un choix stratégique. Mercredis de la diversité, organisé par la mission Inclusion Scolaire (CAPPEI) de l’Inspé de l’Académie de Nantes, Mission Inclusion Scolaire (CAPPEI) de l’Inspé Académie de Nantes, Apr 2023, Nantes, France. ⟨hal-04067304⟩
  • Jeanne Gavard-Veau. Trouver sa place en tant que chercheuse dans les prisons françaises. Les terrains du genre, Cevipol; STRIGES; GREG; Université Libre de Bruxelles; Université Catholique de Louvain, Jun 2022, Bruxelles, Belgique. ⟨halshs-03786859⟩
  • Jeanne Gavard-Veau. Les enseignants en prison : des carrières atypiques. Carrières atypiques et logiques d’engagement professionnels chez les enseignants, CENS (Centre Nantais de Sociologie); INSPE de Nantes, Jun 2022, Nantes, France. ⟨halshs-03786846⟩
  • Jeanne Gavard-Veau. L’enseignement et les enseignants, des ressources indispensables en prison. Les ressources de la privation de liberté : 6ème colloque jeunes chercheurs sur la privation de liberté, Institut des sciences juridique et philosophique de la Sorbonne, Mar 2022, Paris, France. ⟨hal-03648549⟩
  • Jeanne Gavard-Veau. Neutralité du chercheur et milieux fermés. Context(s). Dialogues between the History of Ideas and Political Theory, 8th Graduate Conference, CEVIPOF – école de la recherche, Nov 2021, Paris, France. ⟨hal-03456707⟩


  • Jeanne Gavard-Veau. Quel sens prend l’enseignement en milieu carcéral ? Analyse auprès des enseignants et des détenus. Simon, Anne; Larralde, Jean-Manuel; Fouchard, Isabelle; Lévy, Benjamin. Les ressources de privation de liberté, Mare et Martin, 2023, Institut des sciences juridique et philosophique de la Sorbonne, 978-2-84934-794-2. ⟨halshs-04419288⟩