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Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken; Smith, David; Jeanes, Julia – Journal of Education and Work, 2019
Education providers and employers working together to prepare young people and adults for employment is internationally accepted as a key factor in effective technical and vocational education. In the English context, however, we argue that two related orthodoxies have prevailed -- 'employer engagement' and 'skills supply' -- in which education…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Education Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, School Business Relationship
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Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken; Gallacher, Jim; Irwin, Tracy; James, David – Journal of Education and Work, 2019
This article builds on the previous articles in this special issue to explore two related concepts -- a 'UK policy laboratory' and 'expansive policy learning', with a specific focus on further education (FE) and skills. We argue that the potential for a UK policy laboratory in this area is based primarily on a new balance between the forces of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Vocational Education, Apprenticeships
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Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken – Journal of Education and Work, 2019
During the 25 years since Incorporation, when further education (FE) colleges were taken out of local government control, FE in England has been shaped by processes of marketisation to become a competitive national sector that has increasingly diverged from the more 'collaborative system logic' of the other three countries of the UK. However,…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Governance, Colleges
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Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken; Smith, David – Journal of Education and Work, 2017
Apprenticeship systems across the globe are having to adapt to changing international economic and social trends. England is no exception. This article examines the latest model of apprenticeship in England from the perspective of the "mediators" who work at local and regional level with employers to construct and deliver the majority of…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Foreign Countries, Focus Groups, Small Businesses
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Howieson, Cathy; Spours, Ken; Young, Michael – Journal of Education and Work, 2017
This Introduction provides an overview of the distinctive contribution of the late David Raffe to educational research in the UK and internationally over a 40-year period. His wide-ranging research on post-compulsory education and training systems was enriched by the development of conceptual distinctions that have become part of the lingua franca…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Educational Policy, Educational Improvement, Educational Research
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Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken – Journal of Education and Work, 2015
This article uses a multi-level ecological model to explore the dynamics of localities in England and their effects on the 14+ participation, progression and transition (14+ PPT) of young people at a time when nationally and internationally there is a recognition that transitions from education to employment are both more complex and take longer.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Place Based Education, Ecology, Models
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Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken – Journal of Education and Work, 2010
Ensuring effective progression from vocational qualifications to higher education has become an important issue internationally as a part of government strategies to raise skill levels and to provide more equitable access to tertiary level study. From September 2008, the Government in England has begun to introduce a new set of qualifications for…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education
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Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken; Steer, Richard – Journal of Education and Work, 2008
Using data from a three-year project funded under the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme, this article examines two major questions: (1) How has the organisation of the learning and skills sector (LSS) in England changed as a result of recent policy? (2) What are the implications of these reforms? We draw on the theoretical work of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Governance
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Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken – Journal of Education and Work, 2006
As a result of reforms over the past two decades, institutional arrangements for upper secondary education in England are both marketised and competitive compared with other European systems. Since 1997, the Labour Government has broadly sustained this position. However, recent policy documents recognise that 14-19 education and training will…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Action, Institutional Autonomy, Educational Change
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Hodgson, Ann; Howieson, Cathy; Raffe, David; Spours, Ken; Tinklin, Teresa – Journal of Education and Work, 2004
In this article, we compare Curriculum 2000 and Higher Still, recent reforms of post-16 education in England and Scotland respectively. Current and earlier research on the unification of academic and vocational learning in England, Scotland and other European countries is drawn on in order to suggest areas for mutual learning to inform future…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Educational Change, Educational Policy
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Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken – Journal of Education and Work, 2001
Three studies of British full-time students aged 16-19 found 70-80% also worked part time. A typology of their school-work attitudes was developed: balancers, risk-takers, deliberate nonworkers, outsiders, and connectors. Reforms in advanced-level curriculum may affect the relationship between school and part-time work in several ways:…
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries