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The lives of others: Exploring the lived experience of HE in FE Animal/Equine studies lecturers within an FE land based college

The lives of others: Exploring the lived experience of HE in FE Animal/Equine studies lecturers within an FE land based college

Rapley, Eve ORCID: 0000-0002-7672-6129 (2012) The lives of others: Exploring the lived experience of HE in FE Animal/Equine studies lecturers within an FE land based college. In: International Further education Research Association (FERA) conference, 12th July 2014, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.

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Abstract

This paper presents a summary of preliminary findings regarding the lived experience of HE in FE lecturers teaching both FE and HE programmes in Animal/Equine Studies within an FE Landbased college setting in England.

As part of a PhD study, qualitative data was collected from two Animal/Equine Studies teacher participants in a naturalistic setting. Being an interpretative study with a view to understanding a particular phenomenon, the case study design included an ethnographically inspired methodology including both FE and HE lesson observations and 1-1 interviews. Further data was gathered via a 1-1 interview with the college HE Manager, and from curriculum related documents.

Findings suggest some serious concerns for HE in FE lecturers operating in an FE Landbased college environment. Issues regarding identity, self-efficacy, confidence and competence to teach HE, as well as an absence of both an HE culture and a research community were raised. Further concerns regarding the absence of specific HE pedagogic training or development, and insufficient postgraduate study support, were strongly voiced. This perceived deficit led to participants questioning the legitimacy of the HE they were involved in delivering, as well as creating feelings of disjuncture and inadequacy as the participants coped with reconciling their diverging FE and HE roles and identities.

Drawing on a variety of theorists and writers including (amongst others) Bourdieu, Bandura and Bernstein, the HE in FE Animal/Equine Studies teacher lived experience is contextualised in order to illuminate and describe the phenomenon as experienced by the teacher participants.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: landbased; FE in HE; teacher Identity; lived Experience; animal/equine Studies; HE ethos; bourdieu
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Educational Development Unit
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2021 22:41
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30680

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