Careers Education takes a critical look at policy and practice in the context of the new role of the privatized Careers, Education and Guidance Service. Suzy Harris places the present situation within the context of subordination to market principles; delineates the changing and uncertain relationship between schools and the Careers Service; shows how the politics of curriculum relevance marginalizes careers teaching; describes the downward path to complete exclusion from The National Curriculum and points the way for policymakers to eschew rhetoric and rebuild the Careers Service. This book will be an essential resource to help careers and guidance practitioners make sense of their situation.
Chapter 4: Becoming Relevant
‘We seem to be reasonably successful from an employer's point of view so if the formula works (careers education) why change it?’
In the first part of this chapter the fate of careers education, in a rapidly changing political and economic context, is explored. In contrast to the congenial climate of the 1960s outlined in the previous chapter, in which education was perceived as a panacea for all, less than a decade later this was to change dramatically. The economic crisis of the early 1970s led to a major change in the relationship between the state, education and the economy (Dale, 1989; Shilling, 1989). In such a turbulent period the contestability of careers education was evident as the ambiguities inherent in it were ...