Understanding the Further Education Sector
A critical guide to policies and practices
By (author) Susan Wallace
Publication date:12 September 2013
Length of book:128 pages
Those working towards QTLS are required to demonstrate a critical understanding of the Further Education (FE) sector and the role of the FE practitioner. This book clearly identifies, particularly for the student teacher with no prior experience, the social, cultural and political context of the sector’s beginnings and explores how this continues to shape and constrain the sector’s status and purpose, and the role and status of its teachers. The text encourages critical thinking about possible routes for change and future development. As increasing numbers of QTLS students are being encouraged to gain part of their qualification at M level, the need for an accessible and critical sourcebook about the FE sector, such as this, is essential.
The book's strengths are the ways in which it links policies and practices to the type of situation that new teachers may face. It is quite a useful strategy to include critical thinking activities which would help individual readers (or better still, action learning sets of readers) to engage with the implications of the text.