Communities of practice and the construction of learners in post-compulsory education and training

James Avis, Ann Marie Bathmaker, John Parsons

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This article draws upon data collected in three empirical studies focusing on different aspects of post-compulsory education: a study of staff development officers in further education (FE) in the Midlands, an exploration of trainee FE teachers understanding of further education in a new university and, finally, a study of teachers and learners involved in General National Vocational Qualifications (GNVQs) at one college. All studies were conducted in England. The article explores constructions of learners and relates these to the policy context within which post compulsory education and training (PCET) is placed. It also considers the notion of communities of practice, as well as core and peripheral participation as a means to interrogate these constructions of learners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-50
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Vocational Education and Training
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes


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