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Vocationalism in Further and Higher Education

Policy, Programmes and Pedagogy, 1st Edition

Edited by Sai Loo, Jill Jameson


160 pages

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Vocationalism in Further and Higher Education presents a collection of research-based papers on the ‘English model’ of vocationalism and higher education. It argues that negative societal and political perceptions have hindered the debate about the significance and relevance of vocational education and training provision to learning, work and the economy. In this book, the writers offer unique solutions to the difficult questions that have emerged from their investigations into vocationalism in England.

This edited collection brings together a group of academic experts to report and discuss their findings from many years of evidence-based research on vocationalism at three levels: macro (national and policy-making), meso (programmes and organization), and micro (individual learning and teaching). Chapters explore the key issues relating to the topic, such as policies, curriculum, learning and teaching, and work contexts. The book reflects on the diversity of related programmes, and discusses the applicability and relevance of the term ‘vocationalism’ in the light of current developments relating to higher vocational education, including occupation, employability and professionalism.

This book is a timely contribution to the debate on the ‘English model’ of vocational education and will be an essential resource for researchers, practitioners and postgraduate students in the fields of vocational education, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), work-based learning, politics and policy of education, teaching and learning, higher education, and curriculum and pedagogy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Vocationalism in the English Context Sai Loo and Jill Jameson. Section 1 Policy 2. Still asking - a new direction for vocational learning or another great training robbery? Further research into and analysis of the contemporary reinvention of apprenticeships in relation to further and higher education Patrick Ainley and Martin Allen. 3. Merger Talk in Further Education: of whales and minnows, rhetoric and reality Geoffrey Elliott. 4. Groundhog Day Again: Making Sense of a Complicated Mess: HIVE-PED Research on FE Student and Apprentice Progression to Higher Education in England Jill Jameson, Hugh Joslin and Sharon Smith. Section Two: Programmes 5. A question of identity: does it do what it says on the tin? Prue Huddleston. 6. Links between concepts of skill, concepts of occupation, and the training system: A case study of Australia Erica Smith. 7.Training of FE teachers with occupational/vocational experiences: an approach using collaboration and evidence-based research Sai Loo. Section Three: Policy 8. "It’s all about work": New Times, Post-Fordism and Vocational Pedagogy James Avis. 9. Constructions of knowledge through practice in general vocational education in England Ann-Marie Bathmaker. 10. Higher vocational learning and knowledgeable practice: the newly qualified practitioner at work Karen Evans. 11. Conclusion: Global Perspectives on Vocationalism and the English Model Jill Jameson and Sai Loo.

About the Editors

Sai Loo is Lecturer in Education at the Institute of Education, University College London, UK.

Jill Jameson is Professor of Education and Chair of the Centre for Leadership and Enterprise, Faculty of Education and Health, University of Greenwich, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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Will Bateman: [email protected] – Editor, UK and Rest of World

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General