Skills, Skills, Skills! ? New order or same old story?

Hyland, Terry (2001) Skills, Skills, Skills! ? New order or same old story? Educa (217). ISSN 0141-8459


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The triple education mantra used by New Labour (and the Tory opposition) in the 1997 election has been nauseatingly over utilised in the last few years. However, Its recent replacement by the new mantra 'Skills, Skills, Skills' is not just nauseating - it is seriously misguided and potentially damaging to VET policy and practice. Cycles of fashion and changes of label and language seem to be a permanent feature of educational policy-making but, arguably, VET has - more than any other sphere - been especially afflicted in recent times by such sloganising and 'newspeak' trends.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of the article originally published in Educa, No.217, Nov. 2001. Guildford Educational Services.
Uncontrolled Keywords: VET, skills agenda, policy analysis, critique of skill-talk
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Education
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:36
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2014 12:17

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