1st Edition

Preparation for Life? Vocationalism and the Equal Opportunities Challenge

By Sue Heath Copyright 1997
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    228 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 1997, this volume contributes to the debate on the ground-breaking Technical and Vocational Education Initiative (TVEI) introduced by Margaret Thatcher by exploring the implications of its equal opportunities policy. The scheme was announced in 1982, piloted in 1983, extended nationally in 1987 and ended in 1997. It responded to criticisms that the education system was failing to meet the needs of employers and committed to equal opportunities for boys and girls along with increasing access to technology at the genesis of the computing era. The TVEI represented the first major intervention by central Government in curriculum development in England and was organised on a local authority level. The author, Sue Heath, had experienced mixed messages for what students of each gender could expect to achieve and she remained fascinated by the implications of the TVEI for 1980s school curriculums. Based on research begun in 1989, the volume reassesses the significance of the TEVI as a landmark policy in education. Heath examines areas including vocationalism, the issue of gender, implementing the TVEI locally, the curricular experiences of TVEI pupils and whether the TVEI succeeded in preparing students for the world of work and later life.

    1. Vocationalism and the ‘Problem’ of Gender. 2. Education Feminism and the School-Work Interface. 3. TVEI and Equal Opportunities. 4. Implementing TVEI at the Local Level. 5. Managing Equal Opportunities. 6. The Curricular Experiences of TVEI Pupils. 7. TVEI and the ‘World of Work’. 8. Post-16 Destinations: A ‘Touchstone’ for Measuring Progress? 9. Into the Labour Market: Preparation for Life? 10. The Legacy of TVEI.


    Sue Heath