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FE and skills – is the ‘UK laboratory’ open for expansive policy learning?

Hodgson, A; Spours, K; Gallacher, J; Irwin, T; James, D; (2019) FE and skills – is the ‘UK laboratory’ open for expansive policy learning? Journal of Education and Work , 32 (3) pp. 277-291. 10.1080/13639080.2019.1621272. Green open access

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Abstract

This article builds on the previous articles in this special issue to explore two related concepts – a ‘UK policy laboratory’ and ‘expansive policy learning’, with a specific focus on further education (FE) and skills. We argue that the potential for a UK policy laboratory in this area is based primarily on a new balance between the forces of convergence and divergence across the four countries of the UK. In this ‘goldilocks zone’ lie opportunities for policy learning. The methodology of the UK FE and Skills Inquiry, on which this article draws, attempted to model the conditions of the UK policy laboratory by involving a rich mix of social partners and highlighting the importance of national contexts and how these can inform differing approaches to common challenges. The Inquiry also identified ‘interesting practice’ that may form the basis of an initial ‘common project’ across the different systems. However, its pursuit will require shifts towards the more collaborative approach to FE and skills that characterises the three smaller countries of the UK. In this variegated political environment, we conclude by speculating on the wider conditions for the permanent development of a UK policy laboratory (or laboratories) and expansive forms of policy learning.

Type: Article
Title: FE and skills – is the ‘UK laboratory’ open for expansive policy learning?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2019.1621272
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2019.1621272
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Further education, skills, policy learning, UK policy laboratory, collaboration
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081993
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