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Transforming Learning Cultures in Further Education

Grant reference: L139251025

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TLRP: On the making and taking of professionalism in the Further Education (FE) workplace
This paper examines the changing nature of professional practice in English Further Education . At a time when neo-liberal reform has significantly impacted on this under researched and over market tested sector, little is known about who its practitioners are and how they construct meaning in their work. Sociological interest in the field has tended to focus on FE practitioners as either the subjects of market and managerial reform or as creative agents operating in the contradictions of audit and inspection cultures. In challenging such dualism, which is reflective of wider sociological thinking, the paper examines the ways in which agency and structure combine to produce a more transformative conception of the FE professional. The approach contrasts with a prevailing policy discourse which seeks to re-professionalise and modernise FE practice without interrogating either the terms of its professionalism or the neo-liberal practices in which it resides.
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Author D Gleeson

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