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ERIC Number: ED442969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-85338-551-4
Foundation Degrees. FEDA Responds.
Greenwood, Maggie; Mager, Caroline; Morris, Andrew
In February 2000, England's Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) proposed a new degree, called the Foundation Degree, and solicited stakeholder input by publishing a list of 13 questions pertaining to Foundation Degrees. The Further Education Development Agency (FEDA) responded to the DfEE's request for input by responding to all 13 questions. FEDA welcomed the Foundation Degree initiative and positions on a number of issues pertaining to the Foundation Degree, but expressed its view that Foundation Degrees should be designed primarily as vocational awards providing a route to employment for school leavers and those already in employment. Other positions stated by FEDA in its response to the DfEE included the following: (1) higher education level 2 is a suitable level at which to pitch the Foundation Degree overall; (2) Foundation Degrees should be designed initially in broad rather than highly specific occupational areas; (3) the degree should be organized around occupational requirements rather than academic subjects; (4) to avoid diminishing the importance attached to Foundation Degrees, they should require work-based learning rather than work experience; (5) flexible delivery should be a cornerstone of Foundation Degrees; and (6) Foundation Degrees should be funded in the same way and at broadly the same level as comparable higher education courses. (MN)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)