Published in 1993, this book considers the needs of older teenage students and the various forms of provision made for them. The 16-19 sector of education is a transition stage for students and a system in transition for educators. At a time of rapid change the author assesses the significance of current trends and recent legislation for managers, teachers and lecturers in schools and colleges catering for this age group.
Eric Macfarlane argues that the 16-19 sector provides both a microcosm and intensification of the tensions, divisions and conflicting aims and objectives present throughout the education system as a whole. He explores the differences that exist between the academic and vocational routes to qualification, between the comprehensive, selective and independent systems and between ‘traditional’ and ‘progressive’ approaches to the learning process. The ideologies and policies that have produced the present system are traced and the case for reform examined. Different management tasks in 16-19 education are considered, with emphasis on current changes in strategies and structures.
The book highlights the distinctive features of the various types of institution that provide for students aged 16-19 and the ways in which these distinctions are becoming blurred. The final chapters consider the future of 16-19 provision and the particular impact of the 1992 Further and Higher Education Act.
Table of Contents
1. The Sixth Form Tradition. 2. The Further Education Tradition. 3. The Academic Curriculum. 4. The Vocational Curriculum. 5. General Education. 6. The Learning Experience. 7. Student Freedom and Responsibility. 8. Managing the Curriculum. 9. Student Care and Guidance. 10. Corporate Colleges. 11. The Future Prospect.
Eric Macfarlane has taught in, and been head of, both secondary modern and grammar schools. He was founding principal of Queen Mary's College, one of Hampshire's pioneering sixth-form colleges, and has been an LEA adviser, examiner and assessor of several national initiatives to improve the learning and teaching processes in schools, colleges and universities. Whilst principal of Queen Mary's College, he was seconded to Keble College for a year to assist with the Oxford Department of Education's introduction of a school-based teacher-training course. He worked at the University of Surrey and Birkbeck College promoting the Enterprise in Higher Education project, before becoming academic staff adviser/trainer in University College, London. Eric has had a long association with out-of-school learning initiatives and was chair of the Governing Council of the Active Training and Education Trust. He received the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 1988.