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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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Abstract

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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