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Accelerated degrees in education: a new profile, alternative access to teaching or part of a re-tooling process?

Accelerated degrees in education: a new profile, alternative access to teaching or part of a re-tooling process?

Cabral, Ana and Lambirth, Andrew (2017) Accelerated degrees in education: a new profile, alternative access to teaching or part of a re-tooling process? Journal of Further and Higher Education. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0309-877X (Print), 1469-9486 (Online) (doi:10.1080/0309877X.2017.1311995)

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Abstract

In the UK, the provision of accelerated undergraduate programmes is responding to the needs of an increasingly diverse and career-focused student body and a flexible, ever-changing labour market. These fast track degrees are particularly new in education where recent developments in school autonomy and teacher training have had consequences on the design and delivery of programmes, definition of professional profiles and implications for the future of education as a subject of study in universities. This article portrays a small-scale research study about the views of students undertaking a new two-year accelerated degree in one English university using surveys at the beginning and end of the first academic year. The great majority were not planning to attend the programme but have chosen it for its career options and for being a quicker and cheaper route to access a degree – with teaching as the career goal. After one year, students reported gains in knowledge and skills, recommended the programme and kept their intention to pursue a career in teaching. Overall, we address a gap in the literature and start the discussion about the (dis)association between the students’ career routes and goals, the provision of these programmes and the teacher training offers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accelerated degrees, Undergraduate programmes, Education, Teaching
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Primary Education
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 11:59
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16568

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