Policy, practice and innovative governance in the English further education and skills sector

Clapham, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-5066-134X and Vickers, R., 2017. Policy, practice and innovative governance in the English further education and skills sector. Research in Post-compulsory Education, 22 (3), pp. 370-390. ISSN 1359-6748

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Abstract

This paper examines 'innovative' governance in English Further Education and Skills (FE) sector. Drawing on the work of Lyotard (1977), Foucault (1979) and Ball (2003), the paper explores how practitioners enacted innovative governance in a sector facing increasingly performative conditions. Analysis identified the key category of opportunity and risk where innovative governance was seen as paramount in leading change and changing practice. Innovative governance was not a 'golden bullet', rather, innovation was a complex set of interrelated understandings, strategies, values and norms. The paper concludes by suggesting that, in the cases reported here, innovative governance was at the forefront of defending the very essence of FE during a time of extraordinary funding, and philosophical, challenge.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Research in Post-compulsory Education
Creators: Clapham, A. and Vickers, R.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2017
Volume: 22
Number: 3
ISSN: 1359-6748
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/13596748.2017.1358518DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Education
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 21 Dec 2017 11:47
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2017 11:47
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32231

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