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Foundation degrees: foundation for what? Skills needs, lifelong learning and widening participation?

O'Doherty, EN 2006, Foundation degrees: foundation for what? Skills needs, lifelong learning and widening participation? , in: Education in a Changing Environment, 12-13 January 2006, University of Salford, UK.

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Abstract

Foundation degrees were established as a policy solution to the intermediate skill needs of the economy and as a means to effect social justice. This paper examines the outcomes of this policy using an analysis of student enrolment data from 2004-05 and extends the published evidence of the dominance of the public sector in the development of Foundation Degrees. An analysis of both the national profile and sub-regional entry qualifications in two case studies indicate the use of a variety of qualifications including APEL. This provides some evidence of new learners using the work-based learning route but there remain problems with the data. The evidence indicates that Foundation Degrees in the public sector are providing a vehicle for workforce development and widening participation. However, even in such cases, there remains the inherent tension between skill gaps and lifelong learning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Additional Information: ISBN: 9781905732074
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Support Divisions > The Library
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2009 16:27
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:52
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1159

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