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Further Education in England: the New Localism, Systems Theory and Governance

Avis, James (2009) Further Education in England: the New Localism, Systems Theory and Governance. Journal of Education Policy, 24 (5). pp. 633-648. ISSN 0268-0939

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Abstract

The paper explores the changing forms of governance currently being applied to the
English further education sector, changes that emphasise the importance of locality. The
paper sets the sector within its socio-economic and policy context, examining current
policy changes that intend to alter the way in which the sector is managed. It relates these
changes to their contextual location and to a set of conceptual notions that derive from a
particular understanding of systems theory and what has been described as the new
localism. It concludes that whilst these changing forms governance are in continuity with
earlier policies that had a regional dimension they remain set on the terrain of
performativity and new public sector management. Nevertheless, there remains a residual
potential to develop more democratic forms of engagement in these changes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper presented at the Journal of Vocational Education and Training Eighth International Conference: Researching Vocational Education and Training, Worcester College, Oxford, UK, 3rd - 5th July 2009
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher 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
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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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2009 15:22
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 10:30
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/5328

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