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Transforming Learning Cultures in Further Education

The research is based upon a partnership between four universities and four further education (FE) sector colleges from the North, Midlands and South of England. 16 learning 'sites' provide the focus for an intensive examination of educational practice, learning and learning cultures by means of a four-year longitudinal study.

The principal aims of the project are to deepen understanding of the complexities of learning; identify, implement and evaluate strategies for the improvement of learning opportunities and enhance practitioners' capacities for enquiry in FE practice.

The project is informed by a range of observation, interview and questionnaire studies. The partnership entails close collaboration between FE-and university-based researchers and FE teachers, students and managers and is integrated with existing communities of practice. Because of this, it is expected that it will impact strongly upon the practices of those involved.

Further opportunities for participation will be extended to an expanded network of practitioners, managers and policy-makers in FE. The will be invited to research their own practices using ideas developed within the project. Their insights will be fed back into the on-going work and thinking of the college-based project teams and the project as a whole.