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Gaining More Than Just Vocational Skills: Evaluating Women Learners’ Aspirations Through the Capability Approach

  • Rebecca SuartEmail author
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Abstract

Vocational education and training had been a popular choice for women learners in the English Further Education sector. However, policy makers and policy researchers have characterized these women learners as providing a poor return on investment due to their failure to enter immediate employment. As a result, there have been significant cuts to funding. Such policy processes have not engaged with why these women returned to education and what they stood to gain from participation. This major absence is the focus of this chapter. Framed using a capabilities approach, women learners were asked why they had returned to FE and how they were going to use their knowledge and training. Using capabilities as a lens reveals a nuanced and complex picture of how education helps them to expand their well-being, agency, and freedom achievement.

Keywords

Women learners Capabilities approach Aspirations VET Further Education 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) [grant number 151171].

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education, University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Lesley Powell
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationNelson Mandela Metropolitan UniversityPort ElizabethSouth Africa

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