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Barriers Affecting Curriculum Development Partnerships Between Post-Compulsory Education and Employers: a Case Study

Foskett, Rosalind (2010) Barriers Affecting Curriculum Development Partnerships Between Post-Compulsory Education and Employers: a Case Study. Journal of the Further Education Alliance, 2 (3). pp. 104-129. ISSN 1755-9979

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This article presents evidence from a research study of collaborative curriculum development involving partners from further education, higher education and employers. The case study includes data from six partnerships which produced undergraduate programmes with workforce development and widening participation aims. The programmes included three foundation degrees, a Diploma of HE, an HND and a BA/Advanced Certificate. All programmes were developed and taught collaboratively.

Working in partnership is not easy and this article seeks to examine the barriers and pitfalls which were prevalent and significant to the participants in the curriculum development teams. The research identified barriers which could be classified into five groups: institutional culture; quality assurance; skills; resources and the impact of the external environment. The article examines each of these barriers and considers how they impacted on the curriculum development and the partnership processes. The themes are illustrated through examples taken from the interviews with further education, higher education and employer participants. The article concludes by identifying those barriers that should be actively managed by partnerships to ensure successful programme development.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: partnership, curriculum development, further education, higher education, employer engagement, foundation degrees
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing 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: Rosalind Foskett
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2012 08:27
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 16:58

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