ERIC Number: ED434207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Evaluation of Funding for the Development of Continuing Vocational Education (CVE). Report 98/44.
Thomas, Hywel; Belfield, Clive; Marr, Alan; Rikowski, Glenn
Since 1994, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has funded 97 projects aimed at meeting the lifetime learning needs of the workforce, expanding the availability of flexible teaching and learning, and encouraging an active role for higher education institutions in wealth creation and in regional and local development. An evaluation of the projects was conducted after 4 years, using structured data from a large sample of the projects, data from an in-depth study of a selected group of projects, and policy analysis within a historical and policy framework to determine the impact of funding the projects. The study found that the HEFCE funding was an enabling force for many of the higher education institutions to conduct the projects, and noted some of the following effects: (1) substantial curriculum and pedagogical innovation has flowed from the initiative; (2) recruitment and admissions to the continuing vocational education programs showed least development; (3) the range of evaluation, monitoring, and assessment procedures was extensive; and (4) development funding fostered a range of innovations, such as work-based learning, in-company mentoring, open and distance learning, accreditation of prior experiential learning, and multimedia instruction, and these innovations had a significant impact on widening participation and access for previously under-served groups. The analysis suggested a strong link between continuing vocational education and economic improvement and pointed to the need to continue and broaden such educational efforts and innovation. (Contains 31 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Students, College Programs, College Role, Continuing Education, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Minority Groups, Nontraditional Students, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Vocational Education
HEFCE Publications, Northavon House, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QD, England (15 British pounds). For contents, acknowledgements, summary, and introduction, see Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Funding Council for England, Bristol.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)