At last, we’re redefining the duck-billed platypus

For too long, FE has proved a difficult animal to classify – defined more by what it isn’t, rather than what it is. But the sector is starting to find its own identity, helped by the growth of its own homegrown research, writes Gary Husband

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Had I been writing this 10 years ago, and sitting down to discuss the state of research in further education in the UK, I would most certainly have been penning a far more melancholy piece than I am about to.

Given the work carried out in the past decade to begin to combine the many aspects of FE as a sector, to banish old tropes and similes to the metaphorical bin (glass slipper anyone?) and to look beyond teaching and learning as a subject area worthy of exploration, it is hard to shed too big a tear; progress is being made. However, we still urgently need to talk about research in FE ...

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