Post-Compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning across the UK

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Post-Compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning across the United Kingdom

Policy, organisation and governance
Edited by Ann Hodgson, Ken Spours and Martyn Waring

"The influential policy analysts and thinkers who have contributed to this book present us with a really useful and up to date analysis of policy networks, political narratives and governance as they affect the future of post-16 education and training in the UK."
Professor John Polesel, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Post-Compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning across the United Kingdom brings together the perspectives of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from across England, Wales and Scotland to produce a rich, up-to-date and highly textured source of evidence about this under-researched sector. The contributors analyse how each country's approach to national policy, organisation, governance and practice operates and show that by understanding this in-depth, one can move beyond simplistic comparisons, policy borrowing and idealisations towards a more effective mode of government in the future.

The book looks at the commonalities and differences between the UK's national systems and compares this internationally, before it maps out and summarises each nation's key system features. It gives expert opinion on the organisational arrangements and priorities in England, Scotland and Wales and shows how each operates in practice and what implications there are for the learners, educational professionals and wider stakeholders.

Chapters explore the role of the state, markets and democracy in shaping reforms in this sector before the editors summarise the key themes and discuss how they might affect convergence and divergence between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the future. The book concludes by imagining three possible scenarios for the future of education and training policy in the UK.

This book will be of direct interest and relevance to national and international researchers and policy-makers in the broadly defined field of post-compulsory education and lifelong learning. It will also appeal to teachers, lecturers and postgraduate students on courses related to education and political science, and those who work in national and regional agencies in England, Scotland and Wales.

"In their comparative analyses, the authors show how similarities in funding priorities, policy decisions and program delivery coexist with differences that derive from the history, culture and political arrangements of each country. This book illuminates our understanding of cross-national convergence and divergence patterns in policy formulation."
Daniel Schugurensky, School of Public Affairs and School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University, USA

"A fascinating, timely and stimulating contribution to the field of post-compulsory education and lifelong learning."
Dr Roy Canning, Stirling Institute of Education, Scotland

January 2011 • 978-0-85473-904-2 • 188pp • £19.99