Five sections cover education policy, professional skills, theory, practice and reflection. The authors provide teaching ideas that work, and that will help trainee teachers to improve their grades and lesson observation profiles. There is a clear explanation of the theoretical underpinning that must be grasped in order to pass written assignments, and Masters level debates are addressed throughout the book, with a dedicated chapter exploring academic themes and issues.

Understanding Lifelong Learning and Post-Compulsory Education

Understanding lifelong learning and post-compulsory education


By the end of this chapter the reader will be able to:

  • define the terms lifelong learning and post-compulsory education;
  • understand the diversity and variety across the lifelong learning sector;
  • understand the workplace reform of further education;
  • understand the rate, pace and pattern of policy change in the lifelong learning sector;
  • evaluate the impact that the forces of globalisation have had on lifelong learning policy-making.

Post-Compulsory Education and Reform

The educational provision referred to here as ‘post-compulsory education’ is characterised by one single key feature: it is highly diverse. Even the variety of terms used to describe the same sector illustrates this: we might refer to it as ‘post-compulsory education and training’ (known as PCET), ...

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