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The Golden age of BTEC: the business education curriculum in 1980s further education

Fisher, Roy (2003) The Golden age of BTEC: the business education curriculum in 1980s further education. Curriculum journal, 14 (2). pp. 253-277. ISSN 1469-3704

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    This article provides an account of ‘three generations’ of the Business Education
    Council (BEC)/Business and Technician (later Technology) Education Council
    (BTEC) curriculum as implemented in further education colleges between 1979 and
    1992. There is discussion of aspects of the underlying philosophy of BEC/BTEC, the
    structure and content of the programmes, skills, assessment, work experience,
    learning strategies, and aspects of monitoring and quality control. It is argued that
    BEC/BTEC, through a form of vocational progressivism, successfully transformed
    pedagogic practices in FE during the 1980s. The advent of the National Council for
    Vocational Qualifications, however, and the subsequent introduction of General
    Advanced Vocational Qualifications in 1993 effectively marked the end of the ‘BEC/
    BTEC’ era and the establishment of a more directly instrumentalist approach to
    vocational education.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: UoA 45 (Education) © 2003 British Curriculum Foundation
    Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of 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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