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ERIC Number: EJ767296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
Delivering Distance Education for Modern Government: The F4Gov Programme
Talbot, Jon
Education & Training, v49 n3 p250-260 2007
Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to describe the development and operation of an innovative, work based, distance delivered foundation degree developed by the University of Chester and the British Civil Service. The paper is both a case study in its own right but also the basis for a further quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the programme. Design/methodology/approach: The paper describes the development of the programme in the broader context of UK Civil service modernisation and the application of the University of Chesters established Work Based and Integrative Studies (WBIS) framework. Important features of the programme are described including academic content, learner support, assessment and management. Findings: The paper concludes by identifying three areas for formal evaluation. These are: the implications of employer involvement in the design and management of the programme; the differential nature of the learner experience and the factors underlying performance and the impact of the programme in meeting employer goals. Research limitations/implications: There are limitations in generalising from a particular case study. No formal research questions are posed in the paper or method suggested. Further work is necessary to develop a strategy for evaluation of the programme. Practical implications: The conclusions are exploratory, awaiting formal evaluation. Originality/value: The case study is of interest to educators engaged in flexible and distance work based learning. The issue of employer involvement in programme design, management and delivery is of considerable interest to those developing and delivering Foundation degrees and similar programmes. The issues in relation to the student experience are also of considerable interest to those engaged in workplace delivery. The organisational impact of the programme is of interest to employers and educators alike. (Contains 1 resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom