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A comparative study of work-based learning within higher nationals in Scotland and foundation degrees in England: contrast, complexity, continuity

Reeve, Fiona; Gallacher, Jim and Ingram, Robert (2007). A comparative study of work-based learning within higher nationals in Scotland and foundation degrees in England: contrast, complexity, continuity. Journal of Education and Work, 20(4) pp. 305–318.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639080701650180
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Abstract

Scotland and England now have systems of work-related higher education which differ from each other in important respects. While Scotland embarks on a process of modernising its existing system of Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, in England there has been a decisive shift away from this form of provision towards Foundation Degrees. Meanwhile, providers in both countries are being encouraged to engage ever more closely with employers. This article draws on empirical work with programme organisers to explore the nature and extent of work-based and work-related learning that can be found within these two systems. Despite the contrasting national structures, we identify considerable continuity between practices in the two countries and also considerable variability in the forms of work-based or work-related learning which can be found within each of them. This variability emerges as a pragmatic response to the difficulties of engaging employers with these programmes, and could we suggest results in valuable learning experiences for students.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2007 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1469-9435
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetScottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
Not SetNot SetHigher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
Not SetNot SetCouncil for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE)
Not SetNot SetUniversities UK
Not SetNot SetSector Skills Development
Keywords: work-related learning; work-based learning; higher education; foundation degrees; higher national certificates and diplomas
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Education
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 27264
Depositing User: Fiona Reeve
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2011 18:09
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2011 18:09
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/27264
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