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Last among equals: Perceptions and prospects of further education trained PGCE holders in the age of 'Parity'

Last among equals: Perceptions and prospects of further education trained PGCE holders in the age of 'Parity'

Best, Michelle, Ade-Ojo, Gordon ORCID: 0000-0002-1098-0765 and McKelvey, Cecilia (2019) Last among equals: Perceptions and prospects of further education trained PGCE holders in the age of 'Parity'. Research in Post Compulsory Education, 24 (1). pp. 129-150. ISSN 1359-6748 (Print), 1747-5112 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13596748.2019.1584430)

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Abstract

This study explores how Further Education (FE) lecturers are perceived in secondary school settings and their professional prospects in the context of the UK parity status Act of 2012. Designed as a mixed method research, it sought the views of FE-trained teachers on their experience of working in secondary schools, the perceptions of recruitment agencies that work directly with FE-trained teachers and of mentors in secondary schools within a case study framework. It found that in spite of the widely acclaimed parity status, the prospects of FE-trained teachers of developing their career via the secondary school route were very limited. It also found that secondary school colleagues have a perception of their FE-trained counterparts as less professional than themselves for some reasons, thus raising a form of intra-professional group conflict. The study recommends policy and curriculum intervention in order for the parity condition to fulfil its full potentials.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: parity, QTLS, perceptions, teacher education, further education
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 Education & Community Studies
Faculty of Education & Health > Education Research Group
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2019 13:39
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22497

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