Crossing the boundaries: Expectations and experience of newcomers to higher and further education

James Avis, Alex Kendal, John Parsons

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This article examines the expectations and experiences of staff new to the FE/HE sector. The research involved the use of focus group interviews supported by a questionnaire. Key findings of the research indicate the pervasiveness of managerialism and the intensification of labour across sectors. Findings also suggest that there is a blurring of the division between labour processes within the new University and FE sectors, and a shared discourse about learners and their expectations of learning. Orientations to research were differentiated within and across the sectors, and those new to FE were largely unaware of the thrust towards the development of practicebased/evidence-based research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-196
Number of pages18
JournalResearch in Post-Compulsory Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


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