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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2005): Education - UK - Training

CRITICAL REFLECTIONS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FOUNDATION DEGREE

A. Morgan, N. Jones and K. Fitzgibbon

Research in Post-Compulsory Education, vol.9, 2004, p.353-369

Article aims to conceptualise new ways in which work-based learning can be incorporated into Foundation degree schemes by considering the innovative model introduced at the University of Glamorgan Business School.

LEARNING BROKERS IN THE WORKPLACE: A TYPOLOGY OF PRACTICE

D. Thursfield, R. Holden and J. Hamblett

Research in Post-Compulsory Education, vol.9, 2004, p.371-387

In recent years, attempts to advance the lifelong learning agenda have contributed to the emergence of the notion of the learning broker. Learning brokers are agents who provide guidance to unite learners, employers and training providers in a mutually beneficial relationship. Article identifies four types of learning brokerage: the learning adviser, the management coordinator, the training intermediary and independent guidance. Goes on to consider factors constraining and promoting the brokerage role. Suggests that brokerage works best under conditions of social cohesion in the workplace, and where learners have a sense of ownership of their own learning.

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