By Richard Taylor, David Watson
The file of the nationwide Committee of Inquiry into larger schooling chaired by way of Sir Ron Dearing was once released in July 1997. It represents the 1st formally subsidized systematic exam of the United Kingdom's process of upper schooling because the Robbins file over 25 years in the past. This ebook is an authoritative review of the cogency, relevance and clients for achievement of the Dearing imaginative and prescient and proposals. just like the participants of the comittee, the authors have sought to take a holistic view; to think about the underlying implications of real lifelong studying for the collage method, and the way associations and the procedure might want to alter. the results are threefold: an outline of what a united kingdom better schooling approach that's certainly a part of a countrywide studying society may appear like, in addition to the impetus this gives for radical reform; identity of positive aspects of its historic (especially fresh) improvement, in addition to wider social forces, which would inhibit or motivate its functionality during this method; and an evaluate of the coherence, desirability and practicality of the Dearing proposals in bringing approximately this finish.
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The overall aim described in the 1995 NETTs statement was: To improve the UK’s international competitiveness by raising standards and attainment levels in education and training to world class levels through ensuring that: 1 2 3 All employers invest in employee development to achieve business success. All individuals have access to education and training opportunities, leading to recognized qualifications, which meet their needs and aspirations. All education and training develops self-reliance, flexibility and breadth, in particular through fostering competence in core skills.
We recommend to the Quality Assurance Agency that, as it develops its arrangements, it ensures that these arrangements do not discourage collaboration between institutions (recommendation 69). The main themes emerging from Dearing’s evaluation of the problems and prospects of the system as a whole are thus: 1 2 3 4 the need to respond to demand, and thereby return to growth, coupled with; an assumption that a key feature of the resulting increase in numbers will be both demand and support for sub-degree qualifications; the channelling of provision through a clear pattern of institutions, differentiated by status, title and mission, and hence a ‘disciplined diversity’ of provision (see also chapter 16); and measures to restore, and in many instances newly create, collaborative frameworks of provision, to succeed a period of officially encouraged competition.
The increasing emphasis upon service, finance and professional sector occupations mean that generic skills—and specific ‘new’ skills, such as creativity, design, marketing and IT and organizational ability—have assumed a new importance (as discussed in chapter 8). , 1997, p. 2). ). Trends in family structure and the pattern of female employment have similarly economic and social dimensions. The traditional nuclear family, characterized by a permanent and early marriage, the bearing of children at an early age, and women remaining in the house rather than in paid employment, has become far less prevalent since the 1960s.
Lifelong Learning and the University: A Post-Dearing Agenda by Richard Taylor, David Watson