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The impact of marketisation on the professional lives and identities of Black practitioners in UK further education.

Sargeant, Richard A (2007) The impact of marketisation on the professional lives and identities of Black practitioners in UK further education. EdD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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The extent to which marketisation has impacted on the professional lives and career development of black practitioners within UK further education has been largely overlooked. Most studies have assumed a homogeneity of experience of the managerialism which resulted from the enactment of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. Using a phenomenological approach, this study explores the experiences of ten black educators within further education, interpreted from their narrated professional life stories. The respondents revealed the clash between race and markets and the impact which this had both on their own careers, and on the opportunities offered to black students within further education. The research reveals the professional identities taken up by the ten respondents in response to marketisation, and develops a new typology of black professional identity which demonstrates the plurality of responses amongst black educators, and the consequences of taking up particular identities on career development. This study also reveals that, despite national initiatives which claim to be designed to increase the diversity of the further education workforce, most respondents were either leaving, or were seeking to leave, the further education sector. This study gives voice to the changes to policy and practice which respondents considered essential if race equality is to be delivered within further education, and seeks to render visible the experiences and concerns of a largely overlooked cohort within the further education workforce.

Item Type: Thesis (EdD)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of Education (Sheffield)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.443510
Depositing User: EThOS Import Sheffield
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2016 11:20
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2016 11:20
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10296

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