Flexibility in higher education: an Irish perspective

McGarr, O. and Flannery, M. (2014) Flexibility in higher education: an Irish perspective. Irish Educational Studies, 33 (4). pp. 419-434. ISSN 03323315 (ISSN)

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Irish public policy strongly promotes greater flexibility in higher education. This review paper examines Irish policy conceptualisations of flexible learning. The review finds that the promotion of flexible learning is positioned within strongly economistic discourses of lifelong learning, and primarily in human capital terms of meeting the skills needs of the workforce. Irish policy largely presents flexible learning approaches unproblematically as positive and beneficial. This paper demonstrates that flexible learning is not an unproblematic concept and reveals some problems and tensions relating to Irish flexible learning policy.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: flexible learning; flexible provision; higher education; lifelong learning
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2015 21:34
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2015 21:37
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2952

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