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ERIC Number: EJ1021662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1359-6748
Cultures, Colleges and the Development of Ideas about Teaching in English Further Education
Orr, Kevin
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v18 n4 p377-388 2013
This article examines the development of new teachers' practice and conceptions of teaching in English further education (FE). Drawing upon data from observations and interviews involving both trainee and serving teachers at a large FE college, it discusses and applies a restricted conceptualisation of culture to investigate the influence of local cultures on new teachers. The paper concludes that while experiences of sections of teachers within the institution may diverge, they share much greater commonality. Even in the few instances where distinctive and sustainable local cultures existed these did not necessarily lead to distinctive teaching practices, suggesting that the most powerful influences on teaching in FE may derive from dominant ideas in society, not from local workplace settings. The paper argues that research that concentrates on the local, such as the Transforming Learning Cultures in Further Education project, risks understating the significance of wider cultural influences on learning, in this case on learning to teach in FE.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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