Crisis and Change in Vocational Education and Training

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1996 - Education - 148 pages

In this volume Dr Geoffrey Elliot provides a critical account of the nature, extent and impact of government policy for the further education sector. He explores a range of responses to policy, exposing both intended and unintended consequences of the increased development of Human Resources Management and Quality Assurance system, and sets these in the context of competing lecturer and manager perspectives. He bases his theoretical focus on a study of a large urban FE college coming to terms with increasing pressures from market forces in vocational education. At a time of rapid change in FE this book offers useful and relevant information on:

the impact of government policy and college procedures upon lecturers' practice

the effects of the introduction of formal quality systems and quantitative performance indicators into the college

the conflict of professionals trying to balance the demands of students and managers

the resulting tensions between lecturers and senior college managers over resourcing, management styles and practices.


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The Changing Context of Further Education
The Lecturer as a Reflective Practitioner
Quality Assurance
The Competent Lecturer
Lecturers and Managers
Understanding Teaching in FE and
Subject Index

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About the author (1996)

Dr Geoffrey Elliot is Director of Access at Worcester College of Higher Education. He has written widely in international academic journals on the subject of education policy and management, and is also the author of Video Production in Education and Training and Video Active.

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