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Recruitment and transition of construction lecturers in Further Education: The perspective of middle managers

Recruitment and transition of construction lecturers in Further Education: The perspective of middle managers

Page, Damien (2014) Recruitment and transition of construction lecturers in Further Education: The perspective of middle managers. In: BELMAS 2014, 11-13 Jul 2014, Stratford Upon Avon, Avon, UK.

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Abstract

This paper presents findings from a study of 14 heads of construction (HoCs) in further education colleges in England as they manage the recruitment and transition of new construction lecturers from a culture of hypermasculinity to one of emotional labour and caring. Firstly was the problem of recruitment: often there were large numbers of highly skilled tradespeople applying but few of them had teaching qualifications, let alone experience of managing groups of young people. As such, HoCs balanced the risk of not staffing classes with the risk of staffing classes with the wrong people. Secondly the paper documents the difficulties faced by new lecturers as they change cultures and adapt to their new identities as educators and tutors. Here, the strategies adopted by the HoCs in managing this transition, especially in mitigating the demands of administrative, academic and pedagogical challenges, was crucial. The paper concludes by discussing the implications of the research both for colleges and heads of construction themselves and the wider issues of career transitions from vocational industries into education.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the British Educational Leadership, Management & Administration Society (BELMAS) - Session 5. BELMAS2014 - ‘Educational Policy and Practice: Can leaders shape the landscape?’, held 11-13 July 2014, Ettington Chase, Stratford Upon Avon, Avon, UK.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Further Education, construction, middle managers, vocational lecturers, career transitions
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:28
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12084

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