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Vocational education and training

The author provides an overview of vocational education and training (VET) in Europe and suggests some parallels with VET in Australia. These are related to the lack of public awareness of VET, the current size and achievements of VET, and its potential for economic, personal and social development in the knowledge society. The relevance of VET to modern conditions is compared to that of general education which, the author argues, is still predominantly based on nineteenth-century values.

The author provides an overview of vocational education and training (VET) in Europe and suggests some parallels with VET in ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Aalst, Hans van
Date: 2003
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Europe; Australia
Journal title: Educare news
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Research; Outcomes

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Supply and demand

This brief article examines issues of supply and demand in both the TAFE and university sectors in light of two recent reports, one from Access Economics and the other from the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (AVCC). The report from Access Economics (indexed at TD/TNC 78.242) estimates that TAFE fee increases will reduce TAFE enrolments significantly over the next three years. The AVCC audit of university applications also points to unmet demand. Statistical evidence from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) suggests that the demand for places in both sectors is likely to continue growing despite pricing structures and the number of places on offer.

This brief article examines issues of supply and demand in both the TAFE and university sectors in light of two recent ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Holden, Steve
Date: 2004
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia
Journal title: Educare news
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Higher education; Finance;

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It's about more than scores ...

Careers counsellors in secondary schools can make a significant contribution to their students' preparation for the transition from school to further education. The author observes that many students in Australian schools now have a 'manic obsession' with scores, a good job and good pay rather than enjoying their youth and looking forward to the future. She presents some practical strategies to help students prepare well for senior years at school and for the challenges beyond. The focus is on preparing young people to leave school feeling optimistic and with self-esteem relatively intact regardless of their final score.

Careers counsellors in secondary schools can make a significant contribution to their students' preparation for the ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Shale, Erin
Date: 2003
Journal title: Educare news
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Secondary education; Career development;

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Distance education: challenges and changes

'Dual mode' universities offer regular educational programs on campus and some proportion of their available courses through distance format. The demands of new technology, changing markets for higher education, and dynamic political and economic conditions, have generated changes in distance education as in conventional education. This article examines the challenges confronting dual mode universities as distance education rapidly expands in most major universities. These challenges include: the ability to support a centralised distance education department with responsibility for course development and delivery; the move to online learning and increasing competition from private sector organisations; the growing importance of lifelong learning and the need to respond to a new group of learners requiring new programs, qualifications and means of delivery; the development of new technologies with the potential to enhance the teaching and learning process; and, barriers to change within institutions such as teachers' attitudes towards using technology for teaching.

'Dual mode' universities offer regular educational programs on campus and some proportion of their available courses through ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Bates, Tony
Date: 2001
Journal title: Educare news
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Lifelong learning; Higher education; Technology;

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Educare news

‘Educare news’, published 11 times each year, focuses on schooling across Australia with emphasis on independent schools. It has a regular section called ‘VET and tertiary’ which reports on topical issues relating to the vocational education and training (VET) sector and tertiary education.

‘Educare news’, published 11 times each year, focuses on schooling across Australia with emphasis on independent schools. It ...  Show Full Abstract  

Date: 1987
Resource type: Journal
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Higher education; Workforce development;

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Barriers to participation

This article explains a report by the Smith Family (indexed at TD/ERD 87.199) on educational participation in terms of engagement in educational activities and contexts that have an impact on an individual’s development of personal, intellectual, and social capabilities. The barriers to participation refer to financial, educational, and technological disadvantaging factors that can have a negative impact on educational participation, and eventually on the economic and social participation, of children and young people from low-income households.

This article explains a report by the Smith Family (indexed at TD/ERD 87.199) on educational participation in terms of ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Simons, Rob
Date: 2003
Journal title: Educare news
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Youth; Participation; Skills and knowledge;

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Life patterns

The Life Patterns Project is an 11-year longitudinal study of Victorian school leavers. Established in 1991, the project followed the education, career and life progress of these young people. The project aimed to: (1) examine the changing experience of youth in a changed world; (2) assess the impact of globalisation on the life experiences of the post-1970 generation; and (3) consider how young people are responding to change and uncertainty. The project involved a first survey sent to 30,000 students across Victoria in 1991, a follow-up survey in 1992 that tracked 11,000 students, and re-surveying in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002 of smaller samples of 2,000 students who participated in some form of post-schooling education. In this article, the author considers the link between study and work, the meaning of career, and the pathways taken by contemporary school leavers, based on data from the Life Patterns Project. Findings suggest that: the transition process is complicated in comparison with linear policy assumptions; young people mix study and work through school and beyond; and young people place a high priority on balancing commitments and often find this difficult.

The Life Patterns Project is an 11-year longitudinal study of Victorian school leavers. Established in 1991, the project ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Tyler, Debra
Date: 2003
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia; Victoria
Journal title: Educare news
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Globalisation; Lifelong learning; Employment;

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