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ERIC Number: EJ940033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1359-6748
Rhetoric, Reality and Risk: Further Education--A Political Concern
Thorley, Wendy
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v9 n1 p123-146 2004
This article considers the current political climate within further education, and considers the reality and risk arising from policy rhetoric. Discussion considers economic morals, qualifying for citizenship and the purpose of education linked to a learning society. Questions are raised in relation to what is learning and achievement within current political ideology relating to predetermined outcome-based assessment rhetoric. Reflecting back over three decades of policy ideology and real issues influencing post-16 provision, the article considers both real and associated risk arising within post-compulsory education, and the underlying concerns facing post-compulsory education provision. Consideration is given to current funding philosophy and the predicament faced by providers in trying to achieve predetermined retention and achievement rates. (Contains 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom