An evaluation of the role of Advanced Practitioners at XXX college of Further Education since their introduction in September 2007 .
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
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Advanced Practitioners are a relatively recent innovation in the drive to raise standards of teaching and learning in Further Education. Its recent introduction has meant a consequent dearth of existing research on the subject, thus providing the main impetus for this work. Using a case study of a specific Further Education College in Wales, the role is scrutinised using methodological triangulation. Questionnaires, interviews and to a lesser extent, documentary analysis, provide a wealth of qualitative and quantitative data. The purpose is to explore the role from a range of perspectives to ascertain attitudes to it of both staff and Advanced Practitioners themselves. Existing and potential uptake and impact of support is discussed and future research possibilities identified. The absence of existing studies on this subject, both at a local and national level, renders this a useful source of comparison for future researchers. It provides insight into the polarised opinions of staff with regards to this relatively recent position. Questions are raised about methods used to promote the availability of support from Advanced Practitioners and issues that may be hindering more extensive usage by staff within the college are examined at length.