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Positioning further education and community colleges: Text, teachers and students as global discourse

Dennis, Carol Azumah


Carol Azumah Dennis


This article explores how ideas about quality in further education and community colleges are articulated by two policy texts. Published in 2012, How Colleges Improve examines the factors that have contributed towards sustained high performance or improvement in further education colleges in the UK. The Heart of Student Success: teaching, learning and college completion, published in 2010, focuses on a similar set of concerns for community college students in the US. Both documents are analysed as enactments within an extended policy process through which the use of language separates the pedagogic encounter into two distinct activities (teaching and learning) strips it of its grounding in social, political and material relations and, through the demands of quality, ensures that a disaggregated pedagogy loses its emancipatory potential. I make use of a qualitative comparative methodology to explore how this is accomplished through three textual positionings: the positioning assumed by the documents themselves, the positioning ascribed to teachers and the positioning that defines students.


Dennis, C. A. (2014). Positioning further education and community colleges: Text, teachers and students as global discourse. Studies in the Education of Adults, 46(1), 91-107.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Jan 21, 2016
Publication Date 2014-03
Deposit Date Mar 9, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 9, 2016
Journal Studies in the education of adults
Print ISSN 0266-0830
Electronic ISSN 1478-9833
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 1
Pages 91-107
Keywords Quality, Further education, Community colleges, Textual positioning, Teaching and learning
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Additional Information This is the accepted version of an article published in Studies in the education of adults, 2014, v.46 issue 1.


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