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EDUC6442 Context of Lifelong Learning

Module Overview

The module will look at the context and policy drivers across the Lifelong and Work-Related sector; the nature of educational practice and innovation in the Lifelong and Work-Related sector; and the impact of policy on practice.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • An understanding of the context and policy drivers across the Lifelong and Work-Related sector
  • An understanding of the nature of educational practice and innovation in the Lifelong and Work-Related sector
  • An ability to critique the impact of policy on practice
  • Critically analyse relevant education Lifelong and Work-Related theory, practice and policy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key drivers and enablers in educational innovation
  • Understand current policy directives across the range of Lifelong and Work-related sectors and their impact on practice;
  • Evaluate your own work and life experience and relate them to your practice in Lifelong and Work-related education
  • Critically reflect on key text and policy documents and relate these to your own practice


In studying this module you will cover aspects of: - The current policy landscape, key directives and mapping of this to local practice - An historical review of the development of Lifelong and Work-Related over the recent past - Critiques of specific themes such as lifelong learning, widening participation, e-learning, curriculum development, accessibility and special educational needs, student support, skills, and organisational issues

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching and learning methods will include lectures, workshops, seminars that involve group discussions, presentations and activities and self-directed study.

Independent Study176
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Young, M.F.D. (1998). The Curriculum of the Future: From the 'new sociology of education' to a criticaltheory of learning. 

DfES (2003). Skills Strategy White Paper: 21st Century Skills. 

Hodgson, A. and Spours, K. (2003). Beyond A Levels: Curriculum 2000 and the Reform of 14-19 Qualifications.. 

Raffe, D. and Spours, K. [eds.] (2007). 'Policy Making and Policy Learning in 14-19 Education. 

Rainbird, H., A. Fuller, et al. (2004). Work place learning in context. 

Raffe, D. (1998). The Unification of Post Compulsory Education and Training - Towards a Conceptual Framework.. British Journal of Educational Studies. ,46 .

The future of Higher Education', Government white paper [Online] Available.

DfEE (1998). The Learning Age, Department for Education and Employment. 

Lumby, J. and Foskett, N. (2005). 14-19 Education: Policy, Leadership and Learning. 

Gray, D. and Griffin, C (2000). Post-Compulsory Education and the New Millennium. 

Dyke, M. (2006). The role of the 'Other' in reflection, knowledge formation and action in late modernity. International Journal of Lifelong Education. ,25 , pp. 105-123.

Towards a unified e-learning strategy. 

Hodgson, A. and Spours, K. (1997). Dearing and Beyond: 14-19 Qualifications, Frameworks and Systems. 

Raggat, P. and Williams, S. (1999). Government, markets and vocational qualifications: an anatomy of policy. 

Hodgson, A. and Spours, K. (1999). New Labour's Educational Agenda: Issues and Policies for Education and Training from 14+.. 

Halsall, R. and Cockett, M. (2006). Education and training 14-19: Chaos or Coherence?. 

Ball, S. (2005). The Routledge Falmer Reader in Sociology of Education. 

Widening Participation in UK Higher Education: A Policy Overview Working Paper 3 for ESRC funded the Non-Participation in Higher Education project..

Working Group on 14-19 Reform (2004). 14-19 Curriculum and Qualifications Reform: Interim Report on the Working Group on 14-19 Reform.. 

HEFCE strategy for e-learning.

DfES (2005). 14 - 19 Education and Skills. 

Lauder, H., Brown, P., Dillabough, J., Halsey, A. (2006). Education, Globalisation and Social Change. 

Halsey, A Lauder, H Brown, P Stuart Wells, A (2001). Education; Culture Economy and Society. 

Dearing, R. (1996). Review of Qualifications for 16 – 19 year olds. 

Giddens. A Runaway World : how globalisation is reshaping our lives London Profile. 

NCIHE (1997). National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education - the Dearing Report, Higher Education in the Learning Society. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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