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ERIC Number: EJ857466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1478-2103
New Labour's Skills Policy at the Intersection of Business and Politics
Elliot, Nils Lindahl
Policy Futures in Education, v7 n3 p297-312 2009
This article offers a critical analysis of the New Labour government's skills policy, with special reference to its impact on higher education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is argued that, as developed by the Leitch Review of Skills, and by advocates of the discourse of "Knowledge Exchange", the policy engages in the "skillification" of higher education. The concept of skillification refers to the reduction of education to a matter of economically valuable skills. This reduction is the equivalent, in the sphere of adult education, of Margaret Thatcher's famous claim that "there is no society". As such, it is likely to undermine the New Labour government's objective of using the policy "to maximise economic prosperity, productivity and to improve social justice". (Contains 38 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Northern Ireland); United Kingdom (Wales)