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ERIC Number: EJ1046107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
An Ecological Analysis of the Dynamics of Localities: A 14+ Low Opportunity Progression Equilibrium in Action
Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken
Journal of Education and Work, v28 n1 p24-43 2015
This article uses a multi-level ecological model to explore the dynamics of localities in England and their effects on the 14+ participation, progression and transition (14+ PPT) of young people at a time when nationally and internationally there is a recognition that transitions from education to employment are both more complex and take longer. Drawing on major research programmes, national enquiries and local studies, the article further develops the concept of a "local learning ecologies" (LLEs) that represent localities in the physical, economic and social senses and that function as part of a multi-level ecological framework or system. The article exemplifies this concept by using qualitative research from one local study to provide insights into an LLE that shows characteristics of a "low opportunity progression equilibrium". The authors conclude by reflecting on international examples of skills ecosystems and suggest that expansive forms of local partnership and ecological governance can be used to begin to move LLEs towards "high opportunity progression ecosystems". However, they argue that because of the power of macro factors and the need to support equity and sustainability, these new forms of local networking will have to be nurtured by sympathetic national action.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)