Search:
Computing and Library Services - delivering an inspiring information environment

Unlocking the potential of Skills for Life (SfL) tutors and learners: a critical evaluation of the implementation of SfL policy in England

Gregson, Maggie and Nixon, Lawrence (2011) Unlocking the potential of Skills for Life (SfL) tutors and learners: a critical evaluation of the implementation of SfL policy in England. Teaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice, 3 (1). pp. 52-66. ISSN 2040-0993

[img]
Preview
PDF - Published Version
Download (171kB) | Preview

    Abstract

    This paper uses data from interviews with eleven Skills for Life (SfL) practitioners in the North East of England to highlight how instruments for the implementation and evaluation of SfL policy are shaping practice at the local level. The paper concludes that the means being used to implement and evaluate the success of SfL policy are constraining practice in a number of ways which are not in line with the intentions of political or policy professionals. Such unintended consequences range from responses to SfL policy which simply frame practice in terms of outward imperatives of the market; through to technical-instrumental responses construed in terms of the simple acquisition of a set of pre-specified ‘skills’; to other, more inwardly directed responses, premised upon concerns for the more holistic educational needs of learners.

    ▼ Jump to Download Statistics
    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
    Related URLs:
    References:

    Ball, S. (2003) ‘The Teacher's Soul And The Terrors Of Performativity’, Journal of Education and Policy Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 215 - 228. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0268093022000043065

    Ball, S. (2004) ‘Performativities And Fabrications In The Education Economy: Towards The Performative Society’ in Ball. S. (ed.) The Routledge Falmer Reader in Sociology of Education pp. 143 - 155, London: Routledge Falmer.

    Ball, S. (2010) ‘New Voices, New Knowledges and the New Politics of Educational Research: the gathering of a perfect storm?’, European Educational Research Journal Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 124 - 137. http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/eerj.2010.9.2.124

    Barton, D., Tusting, K. (2005) Beyond Communties of Practice: Language, Power and Social Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Beck, J., Young, M. (2005) ‘The Assault On The Professions And The Restructuring Of Academic And Professional Identities: A Bernsteinian Analysis’, British Journal of the Sociology of Education Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 83 - 197. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0142569042000294165

    Bernstein, B. (1996) Pedagogy, Identity and Social Control. London: Rowman and Littlefield.

    Bradley, S., Clegg, S. (2006) ‘Models of Professional Development Planning’, British Education Research Journal Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 56 - 76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411920500402003

    Coffield, F. (1999) ‘Breaking The Consensus: Lifelong Learning As Social Control’, British Education Research Journal Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 479 - 499. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0141192990250405

    Coffield, F. (2002) ‘Britain’s Continuing Failure To Train: The Birth Of A New Policy’, Journal of Education Policy Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 483 - 497. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680930210140275

    Coffield, F., Edward, S. (2009a) ‘Good Best and Now “Excellent” Practice: What next “Perfect” practice?’, British Education Research Journal Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 371 - 390. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411920802044396

    Coffield, F. (2009b) All You Ever Wanted to Know About Teaching and Learning But Were too Cool to Ask. London: Learning and Skills Network.

    Coffield, F. (2010) Yes, But What Has Semmelweis To Do With My Professional Development As A Tutor? London: Learning and Skills Network.

    Department for Education and Skills (2001a) Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum. London: Basic Skills Agency. Department for Education and Skills

    Department for Education and Skills (2001b) Adult Literacy Core Curriculum including Spoken English. London: Basic Skills Agency.

    Department for Education and Skills (2001c) Skills For Life: The National Strategy For Improving Adult Literacy And Numeracy Skills. London: Department for Education and Skills.

    Department for Education and Skills (2006) Annual Report. NE Regional Office, Regional Basic Skills Department. March 2006

    Elliott, J. (2001) ‘Making Evidenced Based Practice Education’, British Educational Research Journal Vol. 27, No. 5, pp. 555 - 573. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411920120095735

    Hajer, M., Wagenaar, H. (2003) Deliberative Policy Analysis: Understanding Government In The Network Society. Cambridge: CUP.

    Hamilton, M., Hillier, Y. (2006) Changing Faces of Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy: A Critical History. Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books.

    Hamilton, M. (2009) ‘Putting Words In Their Mouths: The Alignment Of Identities With System Goals Through The Use Of Individual Learning Plans’, British Educational Research Journal Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 221 - 242. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411920802042739

    Hyland, T. (1993) ‘Competence, Knowledge and Education’, Journal of Philosophy of Education Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 57 - 68. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9752.1993.tb00297.x

    Keep, E. (2006) ‘State Control of the English Education and Training System - playing with the biggest train set in the world’, Journal of Vocational Education and Training Vol. 1, No. 58, pp. 47 - 64. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13636820500505819

    Lavender, P., Derrick, J., Brooks, B. (2004) Testing, Testing...1,2,3: Assessment In Adult Literacy, Language And Numeracy. London: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education.

    Leitch, A., (2006) Prosperity For All In The Global Economy – World Class Skills. London: HMSO.

    Morais, A., Neves, I. (2001) ‘Pedagogic Social Contexts: Studies For A Sociology Of Learning’ in Morais, A. et al (ed) Towards A Sociology Of Pedagogy: The Contribution Of Basil Bernstein To Research. New York: Peter Lang.

    Moser, C., et al (1999) Improving Literacy And Numeracy: A Fresh Start. The Report Of The Working Group Chaired By Sir Claus Moser. London: Department of Education and Employment.

    Newman, J. (2001). Modernising Governance: New Labour Policy and Society. London, Sage.

    Payne, J. (2000) ‘The Unbearable Lightness Of Skill: The Changing Of Meaning Of Skill In The UK Policy Discourse And Some Implications For Education And Training’, Journal of Education and Policy Vol. 3, No. 15, pp. 353 - 369. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680930050030473

    Scottish Government (2009) ‘Progress in Adult Literacy and Numeracy in Scotland 2008/2009’ available at www.scotland.gov.uk/publications/2009/09/02153858/2 [accessed 24 September 2010].

    Scottish Government (2010) Press Release. ‘Adult Literacies in the Scottish Government, August 2010’ available at www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Education/Life-Long-Learning /17551 [accessed 24 September 2010].

    Scott, J. C. (1999) Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. London: Yale University Press.

    Sennett, R. (2008) The Craftsman. London: Penguin.
    Teese, R., Polesel, J. (2003a) Undemocratic Schooling: Equity And Quality In Mass Secondary Education In Australia. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

    Teese, R., Polesel, J. (2003b) ‘Durkheim, Vygotsky And The Curriculum Of The Future’, London Review of Education Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 110 - 117. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14748460306688

    Wheelahan, L. (2005) ‘The Pedagogic Device: The Relevance of Bernstein's Analysis for VET’ 13th International Conference on Vocational Education and Training, Griffith University, Queensland.

    Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
    Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2011 14:29
    Last Modified: 14 Aug 2013 11:12
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/11521

    Document Downloads

    Downloader Countries

    More statistics for this item...

    Item control for Repository Staff only:

    View Item

    University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH Copyright and Disclaimer All rights reserved ©