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University Technical Colleges: Pedagogy Meets Market Demands

Gomery, D; (2019) University Technical Colleges: Pedagogy Meets Market Demands. In: Pedagogical concerns and market demands in VET. Proceedings of the 3rd Crossing Boundaries in VET conference Vocational Education and Training Network - VETNET. (pp. pp. 34-44). VETNET Green open access

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Abstract

There is growing global interest in how countries help prepare young people for participation in the world of work. In seeking to understand the relationship between schooling and ‘readiness’ for work this paper examines University Technical College (UTC) leaders’ perceptions when operating in a ‘demand-led’ quasi-market system in England. Key findings highlight the complexity and interrelatedness of the perceived competitive environment, populated by a range of pressures, tensions, and challenges. Despite working in a ‘messy’ culture and environment, these leaders continued to believe in the technical education on offer, and its value in meeting students’ needs. Many students across the research sample had broadly similar profiles, leading to suggestions that some UTCs may operate, inadvertently, as a form of social segregation. A salient finding was the effectiveness of the quasi-market to generate perceptions of competition between providers, irrespective of a UTC’s ‘niche’ technical education offer, the valued knowledge exchange between sponsors and students, the state of the art buildings and industry standard equipment, and employer demand for a skilled workforce.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: University Technical Colleges: Pedagogy Meets Market Demands
Event: 3rd Crossing Boundaries in VET conference Vocational Education and Training Network
Location: Valencia, Spain
Dates: 2nd-3rd May 2019
ISBN-13: 9781095157909
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.2641684
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2641684
Language: English
Additional information: © 2019. This is an Open Access publication, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode).
Keywords: university technical colleges; quasi-market; pedagogical concerns; leaders’ belief in technical education; social segregation
UCL classification: 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 - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087728
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