Selected student and tutor perceptions of ICTs in further and higher education in England

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By 2008 a total of 87, 339 students were studying on foundation degrees in the UK (Foundation Degree Forward, 2009). This paper reports on the views of selected students and academic tutors about ICTs (Information Communication Technologies) associated with the Early Years Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree (EYSEFD) in England. The students study part-time at five Further Education (FE) colleges working in partnership with a UK Higher Education Institution (HEI). The research project has gathered data on the views of students and programme tutors about ICTs since October 2009. Data has been gathered through questionnaires with students and focus group discussions with selected students and tutors about the perception of ICTs. A main finding is that the students in this study associate ICTs with computers and software whereas their academic tutors focus on the wider pedagogical learning associated with technology. The paper discusses some of the debates that surround pedagogical practice and ICTs in further and higher education. The students’ association of computers and pedagogical best practice appears to reiterate current neoliberal educational values as opposed to reflecting the learning goals of their academic programme. This paper presents the findings of this study and the conclusions that are drawn will be of relevance to those involved in the delivery and development of higher education in further education contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-304
JournalJournal of Further and Higher Education
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2013

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