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Transforming Learning Cultures in Further Education

Grant reference: L139251025

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TLRP: Becoming vocational: insights from two different vocational courses in a further education college
The paper is based on work undertaken for the project Transforming Learning Cultures in Further Education which forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Teaching and Learning Research Programme. It draws on ongoing longitudinal case studies of two learning sites in the project, both Level 3 two-year vocational courses in the same further education college. It illuminates the nature of the formation and transformation of young people’s vocational aspirations in these sites – a BTEC National Diploma in Health Studies, and an Advanced Vocational Certificate in Education in Travel and Tourism. Initial impressions of two strongly contrasted sites regarding students’ vocational aspirations are compared with the more complex picture of similarities that emerges. Specific attention is given to the nature of the relationship between students’ learning on these courses and their shifting vocational aspirations. Issues of identity formation and the role and status of vocational courses for young people are raised, with implications for FE policy and practice.
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Author J Davies

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