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Discourses of employability and empowerment: foundation degrees and 'third way' discursive repertoires

Doyle, M 2003, 'Discourses of employability and empowerment: foundation degrees and 'third way' discursive repertoires' , Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 24 (3) , pp. 275-288.

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Abstract

This paper contextualises the Foundation Degree within competing economic and democratic agendas. In tracing the development within these ideological and discursive priorities it analyses how they are textually represented in policy speeches, and in particular 'New Labour' Consultation documents. The purpose of this is to critically evaluate 'New Labour's' attempt to offer, through the Foundation Degree, a 'Third Way' synthesis of these traditionally competing agendas, facilitating a neat discursive synchronisation of utilitarian and progressive objectives - democratising access to higher education and empowering the individual, whilst 'tooling up' 'UK PLC' to compete in a global economy. The paper, however, sees significant potential, provided by the discourses of the Foundation Degree experience, for further democratisation of higher education. It is argued that this provides opportunities to facilitate diversity and differentiation by involving the Further Education sector through partnerships with higher education, and providing opportunities to stem and reverse 'academic drift'.

Item Type: Article
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
Journal or Publication Title: Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1469-3739
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2009 16:08
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:52
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1167

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