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ERIC Number: EJ777346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
A Comparative Study of Work-Based Learning within Higher Nationals in Scotland and Foundation Degrees in England: Contrast, Complexity, Continuity
Reeve, Fiona; Gallacher, Jim; Ingram, Robert
Journal of Education and Work, v20 n4 p305-318 Sep 2007
Scotland and England now have systems of work-related higher education which differ from each other in important respects. While Scotland embarks on a process of modernising its existing system of Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, in England there has been a decisive shift away from this form of provision towards Foundation Degrees. Meanwhile, providers in both countries are being encouraged to engage ever more closely with employers. This article draws on empirical work with programme organisers to explore the nature and extent of work-based and work-related learning that can be found within these two systems. Despite the contrasting national structures, we identify considerable continuity between practices in the two countries and also considerable variability in the forms of work-based or work-related learning which can be found within each of them. This variability emerges as a pragmatic response to the difficulties of engaging employers with these programmes, and could we suggest results in valuable learning experiences for students. [This study is also funded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the Sector Skills Development Agency.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Higher Education Funding Council for England, Bristol.; Council for Industry and Higher Education (United Kingdom).; Universities UK, London (England).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Scotland)