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Challenging Assumptions About Values, Interests and Power in Further and Higher Education Partnerships

Elliott, Geoffrey ORCID: (2017) Challenging Assumptions About Values, Interests and Power in Further and Higher Education Partnerships. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 41 (2). pp. 143-154. ISSN 0309-877X Online: 1469-9486

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This article raises questions that challenge assumptions about values, interests and power in further and higher education partnerships. These topics were explored in a series of semi-structured interviews with a sample of Principals and senior higher education partnership managers of colleges spread across a single region in England. The data suggest that common assumptions evident in the literature and professional discourse about the hegemony of higher education institutions in partnerships with further education and sixth form colleges may be misplaced. Questions are also raised about an exclusive focus upon shared values in educational partnerships, and it is suggested that greater clarity about the focus of educational partnerships can explain how successful partnerships can negotiate which values and interests are shared and which are not – an approach that can be a useful modus operandi in the increasingly competitive educational markets in which universities and colleges operate.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Further and Higher Education on 1 October 2015, available online:

Staff and students at the University of Worcester can access the full-text of the online published version via the UW online library search. External users should check availability with their local library or Interlibrary Requests Service.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: assumptions, values, higher education partnerships, higher education management, semi-structured interviews, qualitative study, hegemony of higher education, Higher Education, Further Education, partnership, leadership, management, values, interests, power
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Geoffrey Elliott
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 12:20
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2023 18:24

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