Vocational education of young adults in England: a systemic analysis of teaching–learning transactions that facilitate self-directed learning

Morris, T.H (2018) 'Vocational education of young adults in England: a systemic analysis of teaching–learning transactions that facilitate self-directed learning.' Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 70 (4). pp. 619-643. ISSN 1363-6820

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2018.1463280

Abstract

Fostering the skills necessary for self-directed learning is an important endeavour of vocational education and training in many contexts internationally. However, there is a distinct lack of studies that investigate the extent to which facilitation of self-directed learning is present within vocational education and training in different contexts. An exploratory thematic qualitative analysis of inspectors’ comments within general Further Education college Ofsted inspection reports was conducted to investigate the balance of control of the learning process between teacher and learner within vocational education and training of young adults in England. A clear difference between outstanding and inadequate provision is reported. Inadequate provision was overwhelmingly teacher-directed. Outstanding provision reflected a collaborative relationship between teacher and learner in directing the learning process, despite the Ofsted framework not explicitly identifying the need for learner involvement in directing the learning process. The present paper offers insight into the understanding of how an effective balance of control of learning between teacher and learner may be realised in vocational education and training settings and highlights the need to consider the modulating role of contextual factors.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: vocational education and training, competence, pedagogy, further education, vet and development
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
Divisions: School of Education
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2020 12:47
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 14:34
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