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Power and resistance in further education: Findings from a study of first-tier managers

Power and resistance in further education: Findings from a study of first-tier managers

Page, Damien (2010) Power and resistance in further education: Findings from a study of first-tier managers. Power and Education, 2 (2). pp. 126-139. ISSN 1757-7438 (doi:10.2304/power.2010.2.2.126)

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Abstract

This article presents findings from a study of first tier managers in four Further Education colleges as they attempt to manage perpetual change within a context of performativity and mistrust. It begins with a discussion of power in the sector before presenting findings of routine resistance against ever increasing control and surveillance within colleges. First tier managers were found to be primarily the audience for routine resistance rather than the target and so faced the dilemma of colluding with resistance to maintain cooperation, or challenging the behaviours. The article concludes that despite the demonisation of critical opinions in the lifelong learning sector, resistance in further education, far from contravening the principles of academic citizenship, is a form of educational fundamentalism and an attempt to prioritise learners in the face of financial and managerial imperatives.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Power and Education is an online-only journal.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Further education; first tier managers; routine resistance
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Centre for Leadership & Enterprise
School of Education > Department of Lifelong Learning & Teacher Education
School of Education > Education Research Group
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:11
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/4453

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