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The incorporation of the further education sector in 1993 was followed by a period of extreme turbulence. Colleges plunged into the complex task of managing huge organizations while under pressure from cuts in funding and a steady expansion in the number and range of students. While financial scandals may have attracted attention, the success of the further education sector in continuing to provide a vital educational service for millions of people has been less recognized. Despite the significant contribution of the sector to education and training, practitioners struggle to find adequate research evidence on which to base reflection and practice. They need material relevant to the specific situation of managers working w

Looking to the Future: Learning Enterprise
Looking to the future: Learning enterprise
Sea Change

The world in which colleges function and the way they are managed have changed in many ways. The previous chapters have explored the pressures on colleges to develop their practice and their culture. Resources have been reduced, competition has increased for many and the curriculum has developed so that the means to deliver teaching and learning are more diverse. This amounts to the ‘sea change’ in teaching and learning referred to in Chapter 9, which has meant that previous approaches to vocational education have metamorphosed into a new order:

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