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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.

Reconstructing Marginal Careers
Reconstructing marginal careers

‘A golden age of careers education was approaching after building for some time.’


In this book I have tried to make sense of the struggle of careers education in terms of the wider political, social, cultural and economic contexts within which it has been constructed and reconstructed. This has been an important undertaking because careers education has tended to be marginalised in the broader educational debates. There is also a danger of looking at policy developments in isolation rather than as part of a process which is complex and which involves compromise and conflict. Consequently, I have examined the ‘career’ of careers education by exploring the historical, structural and ideological contradictions of both education and guidance policy. In order to make ...

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