Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education (ARPCE)

ARPCE is an international organisation which aims to promote and disseminate research in all forms of education available to those who are above the school leaving age.

Information about ARPCE and its activities is given below; further details are on the website.

It is understood that local variation throughout the world is related to the relationship between education and employment and to the connection between lack of socio-economic capital and access to teaching and learning and employment opportunities. The Association’s emphasis on investigations into vocational education and training (VET) provision and continuing professional development (CPD) helps to raise awareness of many of these issues. Additional perspectives of those involved in community education research, including the interests of marginalised groups in society are equally valued and valuable.

One of the key aims of ARPCE is the need to promote exchange of expertise underpinned by solution-focused research with a view to supporting policy makers and practice-based researchers and anyone with a responsibility for improving post-compulsory educational provision. ARPCE believes that socially responsible, independent critical research into post-compulsory education is a powerful force to influence students, teachers, employers, administrators and policymakers in order to:  

  • raise awareness of the intellectual, social, economic  and political value of research in post-compulsory education;
  • Improve the quality of research particularly by supporting capacity building of practitioners  to undertake research in their given sector;
  • provide examples of good practice which support national and international knowledge transfer;
  • critique current government policy in post compulsory education to help inform the development of future policy
  • support the development of the global citizen with local and global responsibilities.

ARPCE seeks to promote and disseminate research and stimulate debate by means of:

  • a biennial international research conference to promote and disseminate scholarly work in and on post-compulsory education;
  • an international peer reviewed journal Research in Post-Compulsory Education; published quarterly by Taylor & Francis;
  • a website with forum for discussions and networking opportunities
  • a programme of regional seminars.

ARPCE is a registered company limited by guarantee and is organised as a voluntary society with an educational purpose. Relying on the generosity, enthusiasm and experience of its members, there is currently no charge for membership. A Management Committee meets regularly and in conjunction with the membership sets the direction and activities of the Association and forms the Editorial Board of its journal Research in Post-Compulsory Education.

For further information about ARPCE and its activities, please visit our website. Members are encouraged to contribute research summaries, reports, thought pieces, and requests for research collaboration to the website: please contact Amelia Rout.. Articles intended for publication should be sent to Geoffrey Elliott.