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Doctor, doctor: I think I have a vocational bias

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It’s not controversial to say that there is a bias towards academic pathways in many areas of society. It’s the reason FE gets less cash and less recognition than schools and universities.

But it would be unreasonable to think that even within our sector we don’t subconsciously construct a “hierarchy of esteem” relating to vocations or careers, ranking where they sit according to our own world view.

Most of us don’t have to scratch the surface too hard to uncover our own vocational bias. It’s human nature and reveals our own social, cultural and economic value system.

I have my own hierarchy ...

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