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Biography

James Avis left school at the age of 16 and, after working in retailing for a number of years, studied for a degree in Management Science at the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology. This was followed by an MA in Sociology and a PGCE(FE). He later taught Sociology in a College of Further Education during which time he studies for a PhD at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University. From FE he moved to Oxford Brookes University where he was course leader for Educational Studies. He then moved to the University of Wolverhampton where he was Professor of Education Studies. Currently he is Professor of Post-Compulsory Education and Training at the University of Huddersfield.

His research interests lie in post-compulsory education and life-long learning. He has written extensively on the policy contextualisation of further education, having addressed curriculum issues, methodological questions, teacher professionalism, as well as the lived experience of teachers and learners. He has a keen interest in the political economy of this sector and its policy contextualisation. Recent books include Issues in Post-Compulsory Education and Training, Education, Policy and Social Justice: Learning and Skills, Teaching in Lifelong Learning: a guide to theory and practice, Social Justice, Transformation and Knowledge: policy. workplace learning and skills. Current writing addresses localism, governance and community in relation to education and the state. He is also exploring issues surrounding workplace learning and cognitive capitalism.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Post-compulsory education – the re-engineering of education, the political economy of education, lived experience of learners and teachers, the re-visioning of professionalism.
  • Education, politics and questions of social justice.
  • Workplace learning, cognitive capitalism and emancipatory practice.

Keywords

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Learning
  • Cultural Studies
  • Teacher Training
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Higher Education
  • Pedagogics
  • Economy
  • Teacher Education
  • Policy

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Research Output 1992 2018

Black students in VET: Learner experiences in an English metropolitan and provincial setting

Avis, J., Orr, K. & Warmingtom, P., 4 Sep 2018, Trends in Vocational Education and Training Research: Proceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET). VETNET, p. 44-52 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
division of labor
social capital
experience
labor market
student

Crossing Boundaries: VET, the Labour Market and Social Justice

Avis, J., 22 Nov 2018, In : International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training. 5, 3, p. 178-190 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
vocational education
Vocational Education
social justice
labor market
expulsion

Equality and diversity

Avis, J., Ashmore, L., Dalton, J., Hadwen, D., Lavender, K., Noel, P., Rennie, S., Salter, E., Swindells, D., Terry, R., Orr, K. & Thomas, D., 11 Oct 2018, Teaching in Lifelong learning: A guide to theory and practice. Avis, J., Fisher, R. & Thompson, R. (eds.). 3 ed. london: Open University Press, p. 57-78 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Getting to know the organization

Avis, J., Dalton, J., Dixon, L., Jennings, A., Orr, K. & Tummons, J., 11 Oct 2018, Teaching in lifelong learning: A guide to Theory and Practice. Avis, J., Fisher, R. & Thompson, R. (eds.). London: Open University Press, p. 227-231 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Professionalism

Avis, J., Fisher, R. & Ollin, R., 11 Oct 2018, Teaching in lifelong learning : A guide to theory and practice. Avis, J., Fisher, R. & Thompson, R. (eds.). london: Open University Press, p. 38-46 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2014 2018

  • 22 Invited talk
  • 22 Oral presentation
  • 8 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...

Youth Transitions, VET and the 'Making' of Class: Changing Theorisations for Changing Times?

James Avis (Speaker)
24 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Black Students in Vocational Education and Training: Learner Experiences in an English Metropolitan and Provincial Setting

James Avis (Speaker), Kevin Orr (Speaker), Paul Warmington (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
7 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Crossing Boundaries: VET, the Labour Market and Social Justice

James Avis (Speaker)
25 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Black Students in Vocational Education and Training: Learner Experience in Metropolitan and Provincial Settings

James Avis (Speaker), Kevin Orr (Speaker), Paul Warmingtom (Speaker)
12 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The Bio-Politics of Work, Free Time and the Dignity of Labour: Post-Secondary Teachers Labour

James Avis (Speaker)
11 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk