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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Academic drift in vocational qualifications? Explorations through the lens of literacy
Author(s): Edwards, Richard
Miller, Kate
Keywords: Academic drift
Vocational curriculum
Vocational education Great Britain Curricula
Functional literacy
Post-compulsory education Great Britain
Issue Date: Jun-2008
Date Deposited: 29-Aug-2008
Citation: Edwards R & Miller K (2008) Academic drift in vocational qualifications? Explorations through the lens of literacy. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 60 (2), pp. 123-131.
Abstract: Retention, attainment and progression have become key issues in post-compulsory education in the UK, as the policy agenda of increasing and widening participation has taken hold. Keeping students in the system, enabling them to gain qualifications and thereby progress to higher level courses is a key educational goal. Yet alongside increasing progression and attainment have emerged discussion of the nature and extent of academic drift within vocational education. This paper seeks to explore these issues in the context of the vocational curriculum in Further Education colleges in Scotland. Using the lens of literacy practices, we explore the ways in which the expectations upon students of the reading and writing associated with learning their subjects can illuminate the nature and extent of academic drift. We indicate evidence to suggest that there is increasing emphasis given to educational rather than occupational relevance in the vocational curriculum
DOI Link: 10.1080/13636820802042354
Rights: Published in Journal of Vocational Education and Training by Taylor & Francis.

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