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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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Gallacher, Jim; Reeve, Fiona – Journal of Education and Work, 2019
This article considers the implications of a 'managed' approach to skills policy in Scotland, in which Government policy and the role of national institutional frameworks can be seen to be influential, and which contrasts with the more marketised approach which has been a central aspect of policy in England. A number of themes within these…
Descriptors: Government Role, Educational Policy, Apprenticeships, Labor Force Development
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Gallacher, Jim – Journal of Education and Work, 2017
Higher education in the college sector has become an increasingly important aspect of the tertiary education system in Scotland, particularly in widening access to higher education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In this respect there is a distinctively different tradition in Scotland when compared with England. Despite the success of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Access to Education, Disadvantaged