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From Business Education Council to Edexcel Foundation 1969-96: the short but winding road from technician education to instrumentalist technicism

Fisher, Roy (2004) From Business Education Council to Edexcel Foundation 1969-96: the short but winding road from technician education to instrumentalist technicism. Journal of education and work, 17 (2). pp. 237-255. ISSN 1363-9080

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    Abstract

    This study accounts for the formation in England of the Business Education
    Council (BEC) in 1974, and its development and transitions into the Business and
    Technology Education Council (BTEC) in 1983, and Edexcel Foundation in 1996. The
    article outlines the background and response to the 1969 report from the Committee on
    Technician Courses and Examinations (the Haslegrave Report), paying attention to its
    conceptualisation of the notion of ‘technician’. It is argued that this further entrenched the
    class-based ideological subtext that would continue to deny ‘parity of esteem’ to vocational
    education. The BEC/BTEC curriculum is characterised as one that, presenting a detour
    through a form of progressive vocationalism, transformed pedagogic practice in further
    education. By 1993, however, BTEC was, in practice, constrained by the National
    Council for Vocational Qualifications and its innovative role in curriculum development
    was lost.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: UoA 45 (Education) © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
    Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Teaching, Public Pedagogies and Professionalism Research Group
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
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