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Isaacs, Tina – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2013
In 2005, the UK government introduced new vocationally related diploma qualifications. Two-year programs were examined in the summers of 2010 and 2011; initial government hopes for candidate numbers proved largely ephemeral and results were disappointing. This article explores what happened to the diploma's lofty ambitions using the summer of 2010…
Descriptors: Qualifications, Graduation Requirements, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education
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Dennis, Carol Azumah – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2012
This paper explores the various meanings embedded in the notion of quality when it is used in reference to the teaching and managing of post-compulsory education and training. Based on a study, which explored the views of practitioners working in further and adult education colleges graded as good or outstanding during their most recent office for…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Semi Structured Interviews, Educational Quality, Educational Policy
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Avis, James; Canning, Roy; Fisher, Roy; Morgan-Klein, Brenda; Simmons, Robin – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2011
This article compares and contrasts the policy context of Vocational Education Teacher Training (VETT) in Scotland and England by setting this within its wider socio-economic context, one emphasising lifelong learning and competitiveness. This facilitates a comparison of the two nations and enables an analysis of VETT responses to globalisation…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Policy Analysis, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy
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Jackson, Sue; Jamieson, Anne – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2009
This article considers recent policies of Higher Education in the UK, which are aimed at widening participation and meeting the needs of employers. The focus is on the growing population of part-time students, and the implications of policies for this group. The article takes a critical perspective on government policies, using data from a major…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Social Mobility, Policy Analysis
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MacDonald, Malcolm N.; O'Regan, John P.; Witana, Julie – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2009
From 2007 to 2008, CILT (Centre for Information for Language Teachers) developed a set of National Occupational Standards for Intercultural Working in the UK. This paper reports on three questions arising from the development project: how these standards are distinctive from others, how they realise intercultural competence and how they meet…
Descriptors: National Standards, Standard Setting, Policy Analysis, Public Policy
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Smith, Erica; Smith, Andy – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2009
This paper examines the Australian phenomenon of Enterprise Registered Training Organizations (RTOs). These are organizations that do not have training as their main business but that are accredited to deliver training and award qualifications, primarily to their own workers. Although Enterprise RTOs have been in existence in one form or another…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Training, Models
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Smith, Paul; Preece, David – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2009
The first part of the paper outlines and discusses the nature of work-based learning (WBL) and WBL programmes, and the overall direction of government strategy towards WBL programmes in Higher Education (HE) in England, with particular reference to postgraduate programmes, policy documents, and the WBL literature. Drawing upon case study research,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Corporate Education
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Bailey, Bill; Unwin, Lorna – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2008
In 1957, 12 years after the end of World War II, the Ministry of Education issued Circular 323 to promote the development of an element of "liberal studies" in courses offered by technical and further education (FE) colleges in England. This was perceived to be in some ways a peculiar or uncharacteristic development. However, it lasted…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Compulsory Education, Adult Education, Foreign Countries
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Piercy, Gemma; Murray, Nicky; Abernethy, Gloria – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2006
Strong education and training systems are viewed as a route to increased labour market participation for groups that have traditionally been excluded from, or marginalised in, the labour market. Engagement in the labour force for such groups has both individual and societal benefits. However, while this emphasis on an increased role for the state…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Labor Market, Vocational Education, Womens Education
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Jephcote, Martin; Abbott, Ian – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2005
The last 30 years have witnessed ongoing calls for the reform of post-14 education, to make it more responsive to the needs of employers and the economy, and overcome the academic-vocational divide. This article maps out recent proposals and changes in 14-19 education to remind us that they are rooted in a complex past, and while they might appear…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Labor Force Development, Education Work Relationship, Policy Analysis