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‘We’re preparing our army for the last war’: why the academic-vocational divide must fall

IOE Events.  Vocational education suffers from its second class status – variously seen as a ‘consolation prize’ and ‘for other people’s children’. It deserves better – for its own sake and for the sake of social justice, but also, as

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Posted in Employment and skills, Further higher and lifelong education, IOE debates

Britain’s endless skills problems: why academics and policy wonks need to communicate

Francis Green.  The OECD and the Institute for Public Policy Research came together this week to launch complementary reports on Britain’s long-term skills problem and what should be done about it. The event unfurled in august surroundings, at the offices

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Posted in Employment and skills, Further higher and lifelong education

What can be done to reduce the impact of social inequality on educational attainment?

Ingrid Schoon.  The transition to adulthood is an important and often scary time in a young person’s life. Not only does it involve the assumption of new social roles and responsibilities, such as moving out of the family home, entering

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Posted in Education policy, Further higher and lifelong education, International comparisons, Social sciences and social policy

What are our ethical responsibilities in a changing world of Internet research?

Jon Swain.  Over the last decade or so there has been an ever-increasing interest in the ethics of educational and social science research. Researchers’ responsibilities to their participants, fellow members of the research community, and to the institution where they

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, Research matters, Social sciences and social policy

How do we secure HE’s role as a public good?

Simon Marginson.  The current edition of the OECD’s Education at a Glance, published on 13 September, noted that in 2014, only 28 per cent of the financing of all tertiary education in the UK was from public sources, with 72

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Posted in Education policy, Further higher and lifelong education