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Pedagogy of the repressed: research and professionality within HE in FE

Wilson, Andrew; Wilson, Benita


Andrew Wilson

Benita Wilson


This paper provides a reflective focus on the concept of change to the professional identity of FE lecturers. Traditional perceptions of FE staff as vocational specialists are contested and the emergence of a new professional with an extended professionality is discussed. The changes analysed deal with the emergence of the HEin FE sector and the need for lecturers and management to engage with a research ethos to support the development of the new professionalism. Models of researchare discussed and barriers to their implementation are considered. Finally there is a consideration of the possibilities and challenges reflective practice and actionresearch offer as starting point methodologies for novitiate researchers.


Wilson, A., & Wilson, B. (2011). Pedagogy of the repressed: research and professionality within HE in FE. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 16(4), 465 - 478.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 17, 2011
Online Publication Date Dec 9, 2011
Publication Date 2011-12
Journal Research in Post-Compulsory Education
Print ISSN 1359-6748
Electronic ISSN 1747-5112
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 4
Pages 465 - 478
Keywords Research in HE in FE; Research in FE; Models of research; Professionalism
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