This volume focuses on the recent changes in education and training policy, mainly in the UK. The considerable developments of past years and the ways in which they have affected both education and training are examined. The contributors analyse the methods by which we educate our workforce, and look closely at the kind of training now offered to those in work.
The chapters in this reader cover:
* the role of the state
* how economic factors influence education
* national education and training policy
* the political factor.
Other countries including Germany are looked at, and there is reflection on the ways in which the 'new' industry led qualifications such as NVQs have fared. There is careful analysis as to how much the political climate of the time influenced developments.
There is thorough research to back up claims made throughout the book, and many practical examples are referred to. What emerges is an incisive examination of current trends in education and the workplace.

chapter Chapter 5|20 pages

Contextualising public policy in vocational education and training

The origins of competence-based vocational qualifications policy in the UK

chapter Chapter 6|26 pages

The competence and outcomes movement

The landscape of research

chapter Chapter 7|19 pages

Reality testing in the workplace

Are NVQs ‘employment-led'?

chapter Chapter 8|15 pages

A critique of NVQs and GNVQs

chapter Chapter 9|19 pages

Ideology and curriculum policy

GNVQ and mass post-compulsory education in England and Wales

chapter Chapter 11|13 pages

The politics of training in Britain

Contradictions in the TEC initiative

chapter Chapter 12|17 pages

Markets, outcomes and the quality of vocational education and training

Some lessons from a Youth Credits pilot scheme

chapter Chapter 13|26 pages

Policy and accountability