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The Ethnography of Further Education and the Policy‐orientated Literature: contrasts

Avis, James (1994) The Ethnography of Further Education and the Policy‐orientated Literature: contrasts. The Vocational Aspect of Education, 46 (3). pp. 241-256. ISSN 0305-7879

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The paper explores the imbalance between the ethnography of further education and the policy‐orientated literature. Bates (1991) describes this as being the discrepancy between rich sociological analysis and the economics of training. The paper redraws this imbalance into one between the optimism of policy literature and the pessimism of ethnography. This pessimism has its roots in theories of reproduction and even the most recent work fails to escape this. Post‐fordists' notions support the optimism of policy literature; it is unlikely that the promise of a high trust/high skill society can be delivered within a capitalist society. It is argued that the insights of reproduction theory should be married to the concerns of policy literature with a view to developing critical and transformative practices.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 09:55
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:43


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