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How Should Universities be Responding to the Fast-changing Professional and Vocational Worlds?

James, David (2012) How Should Universities be Responding to the Fast-changing Professional and Vocational Worlds? Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (7). pp. 1-11. ISSN 2024-8032

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Universities are currently facing an acute crisis of identity. The focus on traditional and academic courses is being redirected to vocational programmes. Universities are turning to industry to sponsor research, and even courses, in a drive towards educational privatisation. Such a dependence could lead to pedagogic compromise. The successful graduate in vocational subjects will be defined by their ability to transfer essential skills to a fluctuating professional arena. It is only by continuous, and a responsive, alliance with the market that we can build course that are relevant to industry but also preserve their pedagogic integrity.

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Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (WJLT) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published electronically by the Academic Development and Practice Unit at the University of Worcester to disseminate academic articles, project reports and personal perspectives about Learning and Teaching written by staff associated with the University and its partners.

Uncontrolled Keywords: vocational, employability, industrial, communication skills, professional, learning, teaching
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2012 10:33
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 05:00

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