Exploring a vocational teaching resource for young people with severe learning difficulties - ‘A stepping stone to…’ what?
Black, Alison E.
Cambridge Journal of Education
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Taylor & Francis via the DOI in this record.
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This article examines the purposes of education with a particular focus on young people with severe learning difficulties (SLD). The topic is explored with reference to a specific case, whereby some of the key findings of an evaluation of the first year of ‘The Greenside Studio’, an English special school’s vocational teaching resource for young people with SLD, are presented. A conceptualisation of different ‘sides’ to the Studio is discussed in relation to the purposes of education for these learners in which the view of vocational learning as a stepping stone to paid employment and independence is presented as problematic. With a broader interpretation of vocational education this stepping stone is reconfigured as a bridge to life after school, whatever form that takes. It is argued, however, that the nature of this life must be viewed aspirationally.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Cambridge Journal of Education on 23 Feb 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0305764X.2016.1142505
Published online: 23 Feb 2016