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The unintended consequences of funding policies on student achievement at colleges of further education in Wales and England

Jephcote, Martin John 2011. The unintended consequences of funding policies on student achievement at colleges of further education in Wales and England. Presented at: 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Montreal, Canada, 1 - 5 May 2011.

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The processes of policy making and implementation are not linear or unproblematic but, on the contrary, are based on complex social interactions, often giving rise to unforeseen outcomes. Thus, matters such as colleges' organisation and curriculum are open to negotiation and re-negotiation over time. Within these processes, control over funding is regarded as a key lever for ensuring policy change, but the consequences, especially in social terms are rarely thought through in advance. This presentation draws attention to this fact, depicting how changes to the governance of the Further Education (FE college) sector in England and Wales are underpinned by a 'marketized' approach, in which colleges have to compete with each other to attract students. Their funding largely depends upon enrolment. This presentation draws on fieldwork research undertaken in the period of the two academic years 2005-07 and subsequent ongoing analysis and dissemination of findings. It took place in three colleges, dispersed geographically over seven sites, chosen to reflect the cultural, social and economic diversity evident across Wales. As a constituent country of the UK, together with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the college system is similar, and especially so in Wales and England. Within the limitations of any qualitative work, the extent that findings can be generalised is limited, but the findings are particularly pertinent to England which has experienced similar policy regimes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Additional Information: related book chapter published ISBN: 9780230105362,CS 10: The Unintended Consequences of Funding Policies on Student Achievement at Colleges of Further Education in Wales and England--Martin Jephcote
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