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Warwick Leads Research Into Further Education 

The University of Warwick and Tile Hill college in Coventry are to be two of the partners in the largest ever nationally funded research project into Further Education.

A grant of £830,000 has been awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for a research initiative called “Transforming Learning Cultures in Further Education”.

Denis Gleeson of the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick and his co-researchers have been awarded the grant as part of a four year project under the ESRC's £12 million Teaching and Learning Research Programme.

The project aims to deepen understanding of learning and teaching, and will concentrate on the culture of learning cultures in FE colleges.

It will look at ways that learning and achievement in the colleges can be improved, and the research results could influence future changes throughout the country.

Prof Gleeson said:

"I am delighted that we have been successful in such a tough competition.

“This research will make a major contribution to understanding learning and teaching in FE and provide an essential reference point for future national policy.

"The project will entail working in partnership with teachers and others in FE colleges.

“This partnership will ensure that questions of educational practice remain clearly in focus throughout and that the study will provide an important basis for institutional and individual decision-making."

Tile Hill is one of the four FE colleges that are partners in this scheme.

Principal Paul Taylor said:

"We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen to partner Warwick University in this, the largest ever state-funded research project into teaching and learning in the further education sector.

"This project will give a real thrust to gaining a greater understanding of the ways in which FE students learn best and the types of intervention which might prove to be most fruitful.

“I want our research to benefits all colleges and students in further education."

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CWN / Education / University of Warwick / 27 Oct 00

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