What TLRP projects have found about teaching and learning in further education, and what it means for 14 – 19 education and training
Vocational education and training (VET) are a central part of further education (FE) provision in the UK. The completed TLRP project, Transforming Learning Cultures in FE (TLC), identifies key issues for policy making in 14 – 19 VET in England, while two related projects address what is happening in teaching and learning in different contexts in FE in Scotland and Wales. Other projects touch on the different literacies for learning used by different groups of learners in FE, and the role which tutor-supported self-evaluation could play in learner development. All these projects highlight the centrality of teaching and learning and emphasise the key role tutors play in supporting learning within FE. 12
12 Another TLRP project, by Mark Goodrham, on Using Research to Enhance Professionalism in Further Education (FE), confirmed the tensions inherent in professional practice in FE have become increasingly problematic, leading to a sense of ‘restrictive’ professionalism (Hoyle and John, 1995) or that public service professionalism is ‘in flux’ in relation to FE practitioners (Stronach et al., 2002). One is left with the impression with all the focus upon systems and structures the critical importance of tutors and tutoring in FE is often overlooked, and the role they could play in improving the quality and range of 14 – 19 provision.