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ERIC Number: EJ763489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Policy and Practice in the Learning and Skills Sector: Setting the Scene
Edward, Sheila; Coffield, Frank
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v59 n2 p121-135 Jun 2007
This paper sets the scene for a collection of papers based on "The impact of policy on learning and inclusion in the learning and skills sector," a research project funded from January 2004 until July 2007 by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of their Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP). We raise some general issues about researching the impact of policy, and offer a brief description of the learning and skills sector in England, highlighting two important features: its turbulent recent history, and the diversity and divisions within the sector. We then outline the scope of our research and discuss aspects of our methodology, which has sought to engage practitioners and policymakers in a variety of ways throughout the project. Finally we introduce the six other papers produced by members of the project team in the second and third year of the research, and the two commentaries from our external discussants, Mary Hamilton and Phil Hodkinson. (Contains 2 figures, 4 notes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)