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The historical experience of liberal studies for vocational learners in further education

Simmons, Robin (2017) The historical experience of liberal studies for vocational learners in further education. British Journal of Educational Studies. ISSN 0007-1005

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This paper revisits the liberal studies movement – an important if under-researched episode in the history of education. It examines the lived experience of a set of former vocational students, the great majority of whom eventually went on to teach in further and higher vocational education. All participants had undertaken a course of liberal studies alongside a programme of work-related learning at an English college of further education at some point between the mid-1960s and the late-1980s. The paper presents two key findings: first, whilst participants’ experiences were varied and uneven, most seemed quite agnostic about liberal studies in their youth; second, the great majority of those who took part in the research were substantially more positive about their learning in retrospect.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Liberal studies; Vocational learning; Further education
Subjects: L Education > LA History of education
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
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Depositing User: Robin Simmons
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2017 09:36
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 15:36


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