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ERIC Number: EJ793090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Academic Drift in Vocational Qualifications? Explorations through the Lens of Literacy
Edwards, Richard; Miller, Kate
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v60 n2 p123-131 Jun 2008
Retention, attainment and progression have become key issues in post-compulsory education in the UK, as the policy agenda of increasing and widening participation has taken hold. Keeping students in the system, enabling them to gain qualifications and thereby progress to higher level courses is a key educational goal. Yet alongside increasing progression and attainment have emerged discussion of the nature and extent of academic drift within vocational education. This paper seeks to explore these issues in the context of the vocational curriculum in further education colleges in Scotland. Using the lens of literacy practices, the authors explore the ways in which the expectations upon students of the reading and writing associated with learning their subjects can illuminate the nature and extent of academic drift. Evidence is indicated to suggest that there is increasing emphasis given to educational rather than occupational relevance in the vocational curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom