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All change for the learning and skills sector?

Hodgson, Ann and Spours, Ken and Steer, Richard (2008) All change for the learning and skills sector? Journal of Education and Work, 21. pp. 115-131. ISSN 1363-9080

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Abstract

Using data from a three-year project funded under the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme, this paper examines two major questions: How has the organisation of the learning and skills sector (LSS) in England changed as a result of recent policy? What are the implications of these reforms? We draw on the theoretical work of policy analysts such as Ball and Newman, as well as our own conceptual work, to make sense of 15 major policy documents and over 130 in-depth interviews with European, national, regional and local policy-actors carried out during the period 2004 to 2007. Having described recent reform in the LSS, we argue that the government appears to have moved from a ‘planned’ and unified to a more directive and market-oriented model of governance. We discuss the implications of this policy shift and introduce the concept of a ‘devolved social partnership system’ as a possible way forward for the sector.

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Additional Information: This article, which is based on a three-year ESRC TLRP Project on the impact of policy on the learning and skills sector (LSS) in England, which was rated as outstanding, is based on 130 in-depth interviews with European, national, regional and local policy-makers, as well as analysis of 15 key policy documents. It argues that governance of the English LSS has moved from a planned and unified to a more directive and market-oriented model and examines the implications of this policy shift for the sector. The article also introduces the original concept of 'devolved social partnership' and raises the importance of developing a more inclusive and democratic system of governance. The ideas in this article are of significance because they suggest a way forward in an era where there is a recognition of the limits of top-down governance and a desire for greater power to be devolved to the local level. This is an electronic version of an article published in [Hodgson, Ann and Spours, Ken and Steer, Richard (2008) All change for the learning and skills sector? Journal of Education and Work, 21 (2). pp. 115-131. Journal of Education and Work is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/13639080802080907
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Continuing and Professional Education
IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
IOE Departments > Departments > International and Lifelong Education
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010 15:05
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:01
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/1571

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