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ERIC Number: EJ763492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Riding the Waves of Policy? The Case of Basic Skills in Adult and Community Learning in England
Hodgson, Ann; Edward, Sheila; Gregson, Maggie
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v59 n2 p213-229 Jun 2007
This paper draws on data from secondary sources and in-depth interviews to explore the question: What is the impact of policy on teaching, learning, assessment and inclusion in Adult and Community Learning (ACL) "Skills for Life" (SfL) provision? In particular, it focuses on the government's use of five policy-steering mechanisms--funding, inspection, planning, targets and policy initiatives (in this case SfL). The design of the study allows us to use evidence from four sets of interviews with teachers, learners and managers of ACL in eight sites of learning (four in London and four in the North East) over a period of 26 months of considerable policy turbulence. We argue, first, that there is a symbiotic relationship between ACL and SfL provision; and second, that while the combined effects of targets and funding have the most powerful effects on tutor and manager actions, inspection, planning and tutors' and managers' own professional values also have an important role in shaping the teaching of literacy and numeracy in ACL sites. We conclude by suggesting that professionals at the local level should be allowed to play a greater role in SfL policy-making to ensure effective policy and practice. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)