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ERIC Number: ED535358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep-9
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-7053-1875-4
Social Subjects: A Subject-Based Aspect Report on Provision in Scotland's Colleges by HM Inspectors on Behalf of the Scottish Funding Council
Education Scotland
The Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) publication, "External quality arrangements for Scotland's colleges, September 2008," specifies that HM Inspectors (HMIs) will produce a number of subject aspect reports over the four years 2008-2012. These reports complement in a subject-specific context the generic evaluations of learning and teaching in HMIs reports of colleges. Colleges should act on the recommendations contained in these reports. College inspectors will monitor action towards implementation of these recommendations as part of their normal dialogue with colleges, and will wish to discuss issues arising from subject aspect reports during annual engagement visits. This aspect report evaluates current practice and identifies important areas for discussion and further development amongst practitioners. It identifies excellent practice found by HMIs featuring them within the report and sets out recommendations for improvement. In preparing this report, inspectors visited a sample of eight colleges, drew on the findings of published HMIE reviews of colleges, and examined other relevant publications and reports. They consulted with key stakeholders, including the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), professional bodies and "Scotland's Colleges." This report evaluates college programmes within a wide range of disciplines subsumed within the social subjects area. Social subjects is a wide category, but includes: programmes designed to support access to further and higher education, social work or community education; Higher National Certificate or Diploma (HNC/D) Social Science; SQA Intermediate and SQA Higher programmes primarily in sociology, psychology and politics; and access programmes to specific occupational areas, such as, uniformed services. Care programmes, although having a high content of social subjects, are not covered in this report but are fully reported within a concurrent aspect report on Care. Programmes covered by this report are offered in a variety of modes at levels 4 to 11 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), but the report does not evaluate degree provision. Appended are: (1) Social Sciences sector-level summary, 2007/08 to 2009/10; (2) Glossary of terms; and (3) Colleges and organisations involved in fieldwork for this report. (Contains 7 footnotes.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Scotland
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)