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ERIC Number: EJ1103852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
The Logic of the Incorporation of Further Education Colleges in England 1993-2015: Towards an Understanding of Marketisation, Change and Instability
Lucas, Norman; Crowther, Norman
Journal of Education Policy, v31 n5 p583-597 2016
This paper addresses a particular gap in the further education (FE) literature offering an analysis of Incorporation within a theory of social change developed by Fligstein and McAdam, in their work "A Theory of Fields". The authors argue that FE was subjected to the introduction of a quasi-market in advance of wider neoliberal reforms in the English public sector. The paper analyses the development of Incorporation arguing the marketisation of the sector developed a logic of its own which the authors term the "logic of Incorporation". This logic overdeveloped areas of "market" interest while neglecting other crucial areas such as teaching and learning, professionalism and the curriculum. These neglected areas are explained using the concept of "unorganised social space" (taken from an undeveloped concept in Fligstein and McAdam's work) which remain unstable and unresolved because the very logic of Incorporation blocks the discussion of other logics, discourses or alternatives. The paper concludes that the logic of Incorporation leaves many important areas underdeveloped including the strategic place or purpose of FE itself. It proposes that FE has yet to find the stability of a "strategic action field" needed to maintain itself and should be returned to some form of local or regional government ownership and control.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)
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