Teaching and Learning in Further Education: Diversity and Change

Teaching and Learning in Further Education: Diversity and Change

Teaching and Learning in Further Education: Diversity and Change

Teaching and Learning in Further Education: Diversity and Change


Further education colleges now deliver education and training to more students than any other institutions in the post-compulsory sector. This book provides a practical guide to teaching and learning within the context of the changing FE environment and addresses the diverse nature of the curriculum and of the student body for which it is designed.This new edition contains fully revised material on FE funding, curriculum, assessment and teacher training to present the most up-to-date picture of further education in the UK. Drawing on a considerable research base, this book places FE teaching and learning in its social, economic and political context.Topics covered include:*the changing context, structure and funding of the FE sector*the nature and range of FE students and staff*teaching and learning strategies*the assessment and recording of achievement*continued professional development*support available to FE teachersThroughout, case study examples help you to consider differing student needs and how these might best be served. They also provide an opportunity to reflect upon how the changing policy context of FE impacts upon students, programmes and institutions. Practical activities are also included, which can be used as catalysts for questioning the attitudes and approaches to work in FE.


This book has been written primarily for people who are embarking on a teaching career in colleges of further education (FE) and for those already teaching who may wish to review their approaches to and understanding of the process of teaching and learning. It may also be of use to managers in FE and to people working in organisations which have a relationship with FE colleges.

The book attempts to encapsulate the dynamic and volatile world as experienced day in and day out by students and staff in the hundreds of FE colleges throughout the United Kingdom. For unless one is able to have some picture of these powerhouses of education and training, it is difficult to begin to envisage the nature of the teaching and learning that goes on within the FE sector.

To teach in an FE college at the start of the twenty first century is a very demanding job. At first glance, it would seem that the FE teacher shares little of the advantages enjoyed by colleagues in schools and universities. Unlike schools, colleges are open to their students from early in the morning to late at night, often at weekends, and, increasingly, throughout the traditional summer holiday period from mid-July to early September. Unlike universities, colleges are open to people of all abilities, from those adults who may be learning to read and write to those who are technically highly skilled and, again increasingly, to those who are following undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There is a heterogeneity about the student body, structures and curricular offerings in FE colleges which would send some school and university teachers running for cover. That very diversity, however, helps make FE colleges such stimulating and exciting environments in which to work as a teacher.

Since the first edition of this book was published in 1997, there have been major changes in post-compulsory education and training policy in the UK, all of which have and will continue to affect FE colleges. As authors of a book that seeks to present a comprehensive analysis of the FE sector, we face the challenge of trying to be as up-to-date as possible. We acknowledge, however, that given the way in which successive UK governments seem intent

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