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A Social Ecosystem Model: conceptual developments and implications for VET

Spours, K; (2019) A Social Ecosystem Model: conceptual developments and implications for VET. UCL Institute of Education: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This article focuses on the conceptual development of a Social Ecosystem Model (SEM) that connects the worlds of working, living and learning. The inclusion of ‘living’ in the learning equation results from critical reflections on new powerful dynamics within capitalism - wealth creation of FinTech ‘entrepreneurial ecosystems’ and their social exclusionary effects on cities and their populations. The inclusive social ecosystem model results from conceptual extensions to existing skills ecosystem models by adopting a holistic perspective of the ‘working-living-learning’ nexus in urban locations and, in doing so, draws attention to the facilitating roles for national and local government working with the public and private sectors and further and higher education. The article concludes by exploring the implications of the SEM for spatial and place-based approaches to VET and the critical contribution of new forms of partnership working and the role of further education colleges as local anchor institutions.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: A Social Ecosystem Model: conceptual developments and implications for VET
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/
Language: English
Keywords: further education, skills formation, social ecosystems, Vocational education and training
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/10082170
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