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A Framework for Quality Flexible Learning Programs


te Riele, K, A Framework for Quality Flexible Learning Programs, Harnessing the Transformative Power of Education, Brill, B Shelley, K te Riele, N Brown and T Crellin (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 304. ISBN 9789004417281 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1163/9789004417311_009


Flexible learning programs play a central role in many countries to enable successful learning and completion of upper secondary education by young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. While the flexible learning program sector is sizeable, it is also somewhat nebulous and fragmented, which undermines capacity for reflection on what enables success in learning. Research indicates mixed evidence for how well flexible learning programs support young people to gain positive experiences of learning as well as valuable outcomes, including educational credentials. The chapter outlines a Framework of Quality Flexible Learning Programs, based on empirical data from Australian flexible learning programs. The framework is shaped around four interrelated dimensions: valued outcomes, actions, principles and conditions. Rather than mandating exactly what a flexible learning program should look like, the framework is intended to be applied by programs to their own specific context and purposes in order to facilitate success in learning for all their students.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:equity, social justice, educational disadvantage, alternative education, quality
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:te Riele, K (Professor Kitty te Riele)
ID Code:136785
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment
Deposited On:2020-01-17
Last Modified:2021-05-27

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