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All change for the learning and skills sector?

(2008) All change for the learning and skills sector? Journal of Education and Work , 21 (2) pp. 115-131. 10.1080/13639080802080907. Green open access

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Abstract

Using data from a three-year project funded under the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme, this article examines two major questions: (1) How has the organisation of the learning and skills sector (LSS) in England changed as a result of recent policy? (2) What are the implications of these reforms? We draw on the theoretical work of policy analysts such as Ball and Newman, as well as our own conceptual work, to make sense of 15 major policy documents and over 130 in-depth interviews with European, national, regional and local policy-actors carried out during the period 2004-2007. Having described recent reform in the LSS, we argue that the government appears to have moved from a 'planned' and unified to a more directive and market-oriented model of governance. We discuss the implications of this policy shift and introduce the concept of a 'devolved social partnership system' as a possible way forward for the sector. © 2008 Taylor & Francis.

Type: Article
Title: All change for the learning and skills sector?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13639080802080907
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/1498343
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