Higher Education within FE colleges is hugely important to local communities; it is designed to give opportunities to traditional and non-traditional learners to further their education and improve their chances of employment. Recognising that the quality of academic and professional training at FECs is long-overdue, and one of the main purposes of the Scholarship Project.
To fully appreciate how the Project hopes to improve the perception of scholarly activity within FE colleges delivering HE courses, you have to know about the work of Ernest Boyer. He redefined scholarly activity into four areas - Discovery (traditional research conducted by Universities), Integration (how meaning is given to research in a wider context to make it more suitable for learners), Application and Engagement (collaboration between tutor and student, as well as tutor, employer and the wider community) and finally Teaching and Learning (creating the best approach to ensure students have the best chance of learning).
The work at East Kent College, North Kent College and the College of North West London is part of the Association of College’s Scholarship Project - click here to learn more about it. If you are an employer wishing to be a part of any of the case studies presented at EKC, NKC and CNWL, a potential Higher Education student or are simply interested in the projects, please do not hesitate to contact the Project Development Manager Dr Chris Dows for further information.
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