Reconceptualising vocational education and training systems in broader policy domains: monitoring and evaluation

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Author: Eddington, Noela; Eddington, Ian

Abstract:

The article focuses on how the present vocational education and training (VET) system in Australia might be modified to better accommodate possible VET futures change. It begins with the premise that VET's role is to contribute to skills acquisition through formal education and training. The authors propose a simple VET futures role and purpose statement and outline a possible futures public policy environment in which its actualisation might need to be achieved. They continue, first by developing a policy intervention framework and a monitoring and evaluation framework germane to that futures purpose and policy mix, and second, by employing those frameworks to explain how a futures VET system might function. They discuss the present VET system in the context of the constructed futures VET system and draw conclusions from comparisons made. They find (a) that skills policy should be redefined to accommodate broader economic and social policy contexts in general, and sustainable industry policy in particular; and (b) that a more sophisticated policy mix, consisting of unified and complementary supply-side and demand-side interventions, should replace the VET sector's reliance on simplistic supply-side policy responses alone. They outline an incremental approach for transforming the present VET system into the envisioned futures VET system and check and balance their findings through international comparisons.

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The article focuses on how the present vocational education and training (VET) system in Australia might be modified to better accommodate possible VET futures change. It begins with the premise that VET's role is to contribute to skills acquisition through formal education and training. The authors propose a simple VET futures role and purpose statement and outline a possible futures public policy environment in which its actualisation might need to be achieved. They continue, first by developing a policy intervention framework and a monitoring and evaluation framework germane to ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Skills and knowledge; Governance; Policy; Outcomes

Keywords: Education and training system; Education and training reform; Future

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Oxford, England: Symposium Journals, 2011

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Journal title: Research in comparative and international education

Journal volume : 6

Journal number: 3

Journal date: 2011

Pages: pp. 255-272

ISSN: 1745-4999

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call Number:
TD/TNC 111.277



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