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A Comparative Study of Awarding Organisation and HEI Initial Teacher Training Programmes for the Lifelong Learning Sector in England

Simmons, Robin and Walker, Martyn (2013) A Comparative Study of Awarding Organisation and HEI Initial Teacher Training Programmes for the Lifelong Learning Sector in England. Professional Development in Education, 39 (3). pp. 352-368. ISSN 1941-5257

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      Abstract

      This paper focuses on the changing terrain of initial teacher training (ITT) for
      the lifelong learning sector in England. Drawing on research with teachers and
      teacher educators at four different lifelong learning sites, it explores the ‘relative
      value’ of different forms of ITT, validated by higher education institutions
      (HEIs) and alternative awarding bodies. The paper reveals that both teachers
      and teacher educators perceive HEI programmes as superior to other forms of
      teacher training, in terms of both labour-market currency and the quality of
      learning provided. Although the majority of respondents regarded awarding
      body courses as adequate, our data reveal that most believed that HEI provision
      offers a significantly richer training experience. Drawing on our data, we argue
      that state-induced changes to the ITT qualification structure, combined with significant
      changes in funding and steeply rising costs for university courses, are
      likely to substantially reduce the likelihood of teachers in the lifelong learning
      sector accessing HEI-led provision in future. This, combined with the empowerment
      of employers and the shift back to voluntarism signalled by recent policy
      initiatives, may well end the involvement of universities with this provision –
      and drive a shift towards a narrower, more utilitarian regime of teacher training.

      Item Type: Article
      Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
      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 > Policy Research Group
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      Depositing User: Sara Taylor
      Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2012 12:04
      Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 12:05
      URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/14931

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