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ERIC Number: EJ763485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
"The Heart of What We Do": Policies on Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the Learning and Skills Sector
Finlay, Ian; Spours, Ken; Steer, Richard; Coffield, Frank; Gregson, Maggie; Hodgson, Ann
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v59 n2 p137-153 Jun 2007
One of the stated aims of government policy in England is to put teaching, training and learning at the heart of the learning and skills system. This paper provides a critical review of policies on teaching, learning and assessment in the learning and skills sector over the past five years. It draws upon data collected and analysed in the early stages of an ESRC-funded Teaching and Learning Research Programme project. Using evidence from policy sources, we argue that despite policy rhetoric about devolution of responsibility to the "front line", the dominant "images" that government has of putting teaching, learning and assessment at the heart of the learning and skills sector involves a narrow concept of learning and skills; an idealization of learner agency lacking an appreciation of the pivotal role of the learner-tutor relationship and a top-down view of change in which central government agencies are relied on to secure education standards. (Contains 2 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)