Dearing Report on Higher Education

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Entitled Higher Education in the Learning Society: The National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education, the Report followed a comprehensive review of higher education and presented 93 recommendations. These included the introduction of student contributions towards their tuition fees of up to 25 per cent; the introduction of a new national framework of higher education qualifications, to be monitored by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education; and the setting up of an Institute for Learning and Teaching in higher education to accredit the professional development of teachers and lecturers in the sector. It also suggested, as one of the nine underlying principles on which the Report was based, that learning should be responsive to the needs of employment and should develop those skills which are valued in the world of work. In this sense the 1997 Dearing Report contributed heavily to the debate about the purposes of higher education. See also vocational.

Subjects: Education.

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