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Merger Talk in Further Education: of Whales and Minnows, Rhetoric and Reality

Elliott, Geoffrey ORCID: (2016) Merger Talk in Further Education: of Whales and Minnows, Rhetoric and Reality. In: Vocationalism in Further and Higher Education: Policy, programmes and pedagogy. Routledge Research in Education . Routledge, London, pp. 22-36. ISBN 978-1-138-94704-7 Ebook: 978-1-315-67033-1 Adobe ISBN: 9781317366805

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This Chapter examines the phenomenon of college merger from the point of view of 11 FE and sixth form college Principals in two English regions, all of whom had direct experience of leading mergers and merged institutions, or led colleges in close proximity and competition with them. Using metaphor to signpost critical themes and issues, the author identifies key drivers for merger, perceived benefits and drawbacks, and points to the centrality of effective and transformative leadership in steering educational organisations through hard times. The Chapter will be of interest to all who work in merged colleges as well as those planning to merge.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: college merger phenomenon, direct experience, leading managers, merged institutions, led colleges,
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 12:39
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:15

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