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ERIC Number: EJ1139955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-764X
Purposes of Education for Young People with Severe Learning Difficulties: Exploring a Vocational Teaching Resource--"A Stepping Stone To…" What?
Black, Alison; Lawson, Hazel
Cambridge Journal of Education, v47 n2 p207-226 2017
This article examines the purposes of education with a particular focus on young people with severe learning difficulties (SLD). The topic is explored with reference to a specific case, whereby some of the key findings of an evaluation of the first year of "The Greenside Studio", an English special school's vocational teaching resource for young people with SLD, are presented. A conceptualisation of different "sides" to the Studio is discussed in relation to the purposes of education for these learners in which the view of vocational learning as a stepping stone to paid employment and independence is presented as problematic. With a broader interpretation of vocational education this stepping stone is reconfigured as a bridge to life after school, whatever form that takes. It is argued, however, that the nature of this life must be viewed aspirationally.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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