Ethnicity, vocational education and training and the competition for advancement through education in New Zealand

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Author: Strathdee, Rob; Cooper, Grant


Reform of vocational education and training policy (VET) in New Zealand has been underpinned by the view that VET can contribute more to equal opportunity by creating more meaningful and rewarding pathways into employment, and by neutralising the influence of background factors on achievement. While the reforms have succeeded in some respects, research shows that participation in VET remains structured by background factors including ethnicity, socio-economic status and gender. This primarily theoretical paper contributes further to the debate by assessing the relationship between...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Participation; Outcomes; Employment; Vocational education and training; Policy; Equity

Keywords: Access to education and training; Policy implications; Outcomes of education and training; Ethnicity; Socioeconomic background; Employability; Social mobility

Geographic subjects: New Zealand; Oceania

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 69

Journal number: 3

Journal date: September 2017

Pages: pp. 371-389

ISSN: 1363-6820, 1747-5090 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 129.225

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