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    Whose curriculum is it anyway? Stakeholder salience in the context of degree apprenticeships

    Powell, Philip and Walsh, Anita (2018) Whose curriculum is it anyway? Stakeholder salience in the context of degree apprenticeships. Higher Education Quarterly 72 (2), pp. 90-106. ISSN 0951-5224.

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    A 'Degree Apprenticeship' model has recently been introduced into the UK higher education system as part of wider changes to vocational training. The system has experienced numerous rapid changes in regulation and funding, and it is now little understood by many stakeholders. Distinguishing different phases in UK higher education, and using a salience model as a lens for analysis, this paper identifies and examines stakeholders in terms of their influence on the higher education curriculum. The new Degree Apprenticeship model is funded by an employer payroll levy and it requires higher education institutions to deliver training to specific standards. This research explores the implications of the model for the higher education curriculum, concluding that the direct involvement of employers in the design and delivery of vocational higher education introduces untried elements into UK higher education on the assumption that the funding requirement will lead to a change in employer behaviour. This, coupled with the opening of higher education provision to private providers, transfers power over the curriculum to those with potentially no commitment to wider public values, and may offer a threat to the international standing of UK higher education. This paper contributes to research in understanding how higher education systems respond to, and actors cope with, imposed change.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Degree Apprenticeship, market, stakeholder salience, curriculum, vocational education, private providers
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Data Analytics, Birkbeck Institute for
    Depositing User: Anita Walsh
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 08:27
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:35


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