The future of Australian vocational education qualifications depends on a new social settlement

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Author: Wheelahan, Leesa


This article argues that the current social settlement underpinning vocational education and training (VET) in Australia is fractured. The current settlement is low trust and consists of qualifications based on competency-based training models of curriculum and competitive markets. The result is narrow qualifications that do not prepare people for jobs associated with the qualifications, and the decimation of technical and further education (TAFE) institutes which are the public providers of VET. The article develops a conceptual framework by integrating various literatures that are...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Labour market; Outcomes; Governance; Qualifications

Keywords: Competency based training; Education and training system; Relevance of education and training; Education and training reform

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2015

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Journal volume: 28

Journal number: 2

Journal date: April 2015

Pages: pp. 126-146

ISSN: 1363-9080, 1469-9435 (online)

Special issue: 'Thinking about where to go and what next to do in the reform of vocational qualifications' guest edited by Ewart Keep.

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 119.1052

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