ERIC Number: EJ1074204
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
A Contested Profession: Employability, Performativity and Professionalism in Irish Further Education
Grummell, Bernie; Murray, Michael J.
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v47 n4 p432-450 2015
Further education typically represents the vocational, technical and practice-based forms of education, but this is now being repositioned in a neo-liberal era that is driving a performance-based and market-orientated vision of education in the Republic of Ireland and elsewhere. The implacable drive of neo-liberal economics in everyday practice is evident in the current economic and training discourses of further education, which aim to upgrade the employability of low-skilled and marginalised sectors of the population. The article provides an overview of shifts in educational policy and practices that align Irish further education with what has occurred in the UK and elsewhere through processes of professionalisation and performativity. Analysis of the potential impact on notions of professional identity in the sector helps to articulate the principles, pedagogies and philosophies that will be vital when contesting the performance cultures of New Managerialism that seem likely to ensue. We explore the implications in terms of the policy discourses, organisational structure and professional practices of further education. We contend that changes in these areas have profound impacts on the learning and knowledge base of further education, constraining its social justice and transformative capacity for the learners at the heart of further education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Employment Potential, Neoliberalism, Educational Change, Job Skills, Skill Development, Accountability, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Knowledge Level, Social Justice, Transformative Learning, Professional Identity
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland