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ERIC Number: ED502429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 49
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9053-1469-0
The Impact of 14-16 Year Olds on Further Education Colleges
McCrone, Tami; Wade, Pauline; Golden, Sarah
National Foundation for Educational Research
Over recent years there has been an increasing emphasis on making provision within Further Education (FE) colleges for pupils in key stage 4 of secondary schools. Although there has been research exploring young people's responses to vocational and work-related opportunities, it has generally concentrated on their experience of attending college courses, the progress they have made and the ways in which schools and colleges have interacted. Little has been done, as yet, to examine the ways in which colleges have integrated this 14-16 year-old group of learners into the more traditional profile of FE. This research has focused on this area, as with the advent of Diplomas and the national roll-out of 14-19 prospectuses. FE colleges are likely to be increasingly involved in provision for this age group. The central aim of this research was to examine the strategies that FE colleges and their staff used to integrate 14-16 year olds successfully into their institutions and to explore the impact that 14-16 year olds have on FE colleges, their staff and older learners. Among the key findings are that interviewees outlined some significant successes over recent years with regard to the progress of strategies for the inclusion of 14-16 year olds in colleges. While the evidence points to the need for further refinement and development in the future, worthwhile steps in the learning journey have been achieved. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)