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A new 14+: vocational diplomas and the future of schools, colleges and universities. An educational and campaigning pamphlet

A new 14+: vocational diplomas and the future of schools, colleges and universities. An educational and campaigning pamphlet

Allen, Martin and Ainley, Patrick (2008) A new 14+: vocational diplomas and the future of schools, colleges and universities. An educational and campaigning pamphlet. Discussion Paper. www.radicaled.wordpress.com.

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Abstract

Written in an accessible and campaigning style, this pamphlet affords a valuable context to the introduction of the first group of specialist diplomas for 14 year olds in September 2008. The diplomas are the latest in a line of failed initiatives that have sought to provide vocational ‘alternatives’ for those young people staying in full-time education and not considered ‘academic’. Rather than developing any useful employment skills, Allen and Ainley argue that their introduction reflects the changing significance of education in the division and social control of learners that now extends from school to college and on to university. Those who are opposed to the current post-14 agenda, must not only put forward radical alternatives to the current curriculum offer but also, the authors argue, address issues of democracy and accountability. To do this, teacher trade unionists must make new types of alliances with local communities and also with their students.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: FE, HE
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Department of Education & Community Studies
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:07
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/2836

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