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Further education colleges and leadership: Checking the ethical pulse

Dennis, Carol Azumah


Carol Azumah Dennis


In this paper I check the ethical pulse of Further Education at the moment of its coming of age. Using a philosophical lens, I select and review post-2010 literature, to argue that FE colleges persist in a diminished form within a learning economy. In response to the managerial onslaught, the sector has adopted an ethics of survival, a necessary response to austerity and deregulation. Twenty-one years after incorporation, ethical fading has purged ethical desire from educational discourse while the endless banality of college life has corroded the language with which it might be possible to speak about educational purpose, value, utopia, democracy, equity and vision.


Dennis, C. A. (2016). Further education colleges and leadership: Checking the ethical pulse. London Review of Education, 14(1), 116-130.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 7, 2016
Publication Date Apr 18, 2016
Deposit Date Mar 7, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 18, 2016
Journal London review of education
Print ISSN 1474-8460
Electronic ISSN 1474-8479
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 1
Pages 116-130
Keywords Further education colleges, Leadership
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Additional Information This is a copy of an article accepted for publication in London review of education, 2016.


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&copy;Copyright 2016 Dennis.This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative<br /> Commons Attribution Licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any<br /> medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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