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ERIC Number: EJ897322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Skills for Life Teachers' Career Pathways in the Learning and Skills Sector, 2004-2007: Part-Time Jobs for Part-Time Workers
Swain, Jon Michael; Cara, Olga
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v62 n3 p257-271 Sep 2010
This paper is based on findings from a three-year longitudinal study in England called the Teacher Study which aimed to provide an analytical description of who Skills for Life (SfL) teachers are and what they do in their working lives. The main focus of the paper is teachers' career pathways and the possibilities of making a career in basic-skills education in the post-16 learning and skills sector between 2004 and 2007, and it highlights the connection between career progression and the lack of availability of full-time posts. The research found that the ability to make a career is contingent on the organisation or sector the teacher works in. Although many teachers enjoy working part-time on shorter term contracts, over a quarter of teachers were dissatisfied with their career prospects, and a sizeable proportion of them, particularly younger teachers, felt constrained in their future career plans by the lack of full-time posts, a scarcity of permanent contracts, low numbers of available teaching hours and a lack of managerial opportunities. (Contains 3 tables, 1 figure, and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)