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ERIC Number: ED414432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1361-9977
The Shrinking World: International Links with FE.
Davis, Val; Simpson, Ann
FE Matters, v2 n2 1997
A study investigated the current situation of international activities in further education colleges in the United Kingdom. Surveys of over 180 colleges revealed that nearly three-fourths referred to international activity in their strategic plans; only 41 percent had a written policy. Benefits of an international dimension were broadening experience for students, curriculum enrichment, increasing job prospects, and a recruitment tool. Cost, European Union bureaucracy, maintaining links, and lack of student interest were cited as drawbacks. A closer look at 11 colleges in England and 1 in Scotland identified the following rationales for involvement in international links: added value, support for local economic development and innovation, and improved profile of vocational education. The following models of international partnership were identified: exporting the curriculum, recruiting overseas students, vocational language training, English as a Foreign language; curriculum niche markets, partnerships for curriculum enhancement, and curriculum innovation projects. Issues that determined management structures were noted: a need to provide a stimulus and focus for growth and quality control; integration with college structures; internal communication systems; need for cooperation; and funding. To develop international links, colleges needed support and guidelines for curriculum integration, support from validating bodies, funding, a professional rationale, and ways to encourage student mobility. (Appendixes include guidelines for international work and a list of eight organizational information sources.) (YLB)
Further Education Development Agency, Publications Dept., Mendip Centre, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, England, United Kingdom (7.50 pounds).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom