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The consolidation of an instrumental value position: the Moser Committee

The consolidation of an instrumental value position: the Moser Committee

Ade-Ojo, Gordon ORCID: 0000-0002-1098-0765 and Duckworth, Vicky (2015) The consolidation of an instrumental value position: the Moser Committee. Adult Literacy, Policy and Practice: From Intrinsic Values to Instrumentalism. Palgrave Education Collection . Palgrave Pivot, London, pp. 65-100. ISBN 978-1137535115 (doi:

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This chapter draws on empirical research, which includes rich data from interviews with members of a policy development committee to identify the underpinning value positions that drove the Moser Report, one of the major policy initiatives in the field of adult literacy in the past decade. Moving from the central Skills for Life (SfL) policy to previous and subsequent policies, we argue that this period saw the consolidation of the influence of the instrumental/human capital value position in adult literacy. Literacy is thus expressed, for example, as ‘functional’ skills and driven by the premise of a ‘knowledge economy’. Within this philosophical stance one of the most significant duties given to education is to provide a flexible, adaptable and skilled workforce to make countries competitive in the globalised economy. It focuses on education for work positions and education as a commodity and pays no regard to issues of economic, political and social equality.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult literacy, empirical data, instrumental and human capital, policy, value positions
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Education & Community Studies
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2019 13:39
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