Understanding The Reputation Of Further Education (FE): Some Historical Comparisons


The website ‘FE histories and time line’ was developed from a research study entitled The reputation of English FE – understanding the evolution of the sector (1944-1996) supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the University of Exeter. This paper is an opportunity to elaborate further on the phenomenon of reputation with respect to FE colleges during the 1950s and 1960s. Reputation is considered to be a dynamic concept that emerges from the everyday images that individuals form, based on their experiences with an organisation as well as the communications and symbolic messages from the organisation itself (Gosti and Wilson, 2001). Narratives gathered from former college staff members and archival evidence are deployed to show that the reputation of FE colleges was far more firmly and widely established in this previous era than in subsequent decades. This shift is discussed in the light of significant challenges to the connectivity of colleges within local constituencies.

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Parfitt A. (2014) “Understanding The Reputation Of Further Education (FE): Some Historical Comparisons”, Teaching in Lifelong Learning. 5(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/till.2014.5222






Anne Parfitt




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