Patching bits won't fix vocational education in Australia: a new model is needed

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Author: Wheelahan, Leesa


Australia's vocational education and training (VET) qualifications comprise units of competency that are bundled together in qualifications and nestled in training packages developed for particular industries. This article argues that this model is broken and cannot be fixed by patching bits of the system. Competency-based training (CBT) is based on an atomistic ontology that results in the fragmentation of knowledge and the atomisation of skill. CBT underpins a fragmented VET system with thousands of qualifications. It facilitates a market that has resulted in: thousands of private...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Governance; Outcomes; Providers of education and training; Qualifications

Keywords: Competency based training; Training package; Training market; Education and training system; Education and training reform; History; Outcomes of education and training

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2016

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Journal volume: 14

Journal number: 3

Journal date: December 2016

Pages: pp. 180-196

ISSN: 1448-0220, 2204-0544 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 127.79

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