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Quality assessments: practice and perspectives

The quality and rigour of assessments in vocational education and training (VET) have been a key concern of VET policy-makers. This potentially raises issues with the credibility of VET qualifications and the competence of the graduates who hold these qualifications. The authors consider the issues surrounding assessment in certificate III qualifications in aged care, electro-technology (electrical) and business. Validation is seen as being more important than moderation, which is still not fully understood or practised in a way that is commonly accepted by assessment experts and commentators. Moreover, the streamlining of recognition of prior learning is still not occurring to any great extent. The authors also explore the knowledge and practical application of the assessment of VET practitioners and identify tensions relating to where practitioners put their efforts in ensuring quality assessments.

The quality and rigour of assessments in vocational education and training (VET) have been a key concern of VET ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Misko, Josie; Halliday Wynes, Sian; Stanwick, John;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia
Resource type: Report
Series name: National Vocational Education and Training Research Program research report
Subjects: Assessment; Providers of education and training; Quality;

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Closing the equity gap: social justice leadership in California community colleges

This mixed-methods study examines the knowledge that California community college presidents, president/superintendents, and chancellors (CEOs) have about the social justice issues of wealth inequality and segregation impacting the communities they serve, how this knowledge relates to social justice leadership practices, and how other background factors influence those practices. A quantitative survey sampled the CEO population to explore correlations between these variables. Ten in-depth interviews investigated these issues to understand more deeply the social justice leadership practices themselves. Critical Race Theory and Critical Systems Theory both provide overlapping frameworks for influencing the development of critical, self-reflective social justice leadership practices and for challenging the concept of the achievement gap.

This mixed-methods study examines the knowledge that California community college presidents, president/superintendents, and ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Carlson, Diane Elisabeth
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Equity; Providers of education and training; Skills and knowledge;

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Understanding VET teachers' dilemmas in providing quality education to international students in Brisbane

In the past 15 years, increasing attention has been given to the role of vocational education and training (VET) in attracting large numbers of international students and its contribution to the economic development of Australia. This trend has given rise to many challenges in vocational education, especially with regard to providing quality education that ensures international students' stay in Australia is a satisfactory experience. VET teachers are key stakeholders in international education and share responsibility for ensuring international students gain quality learning experiences and positive outcomes, however, their experiences are generally not well understood. Therefore, this thesis investigates particular challenges and associated dilemmas that VET teachers experience when teaching international students.

In the past 15 years, increasing attention has been given to the role of vocational education and training (VET) in ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Nakar, Sonal
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Queensland; Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Vocational education and training; International education; Providers of education and training;

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A look at engagement strategies that promote persistence and retention of entering students at the Community College of Qatar

The purpose of this study was to explore the differences in experiences, perceptions, expectations, and engagement levels of entering male versus female students and returning male versus returning female students at the gender-segregated Community College of Qatar during the first three to six weeks at the college. The study also attempted to determine if any student support services such as advising, tutoring, counseling, new student orientation program, and participation in student activities were useful and had any influence in promoting student engagement.

The purpose of this study was to explore the differences in experiences, perceptions, expectations, and engagement levels of ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Tamimi, Abdulnassir
Date: 2011
Geographic subjects: Qatar; Middle East
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Students; Providers of education and training; Participation;

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Japanese working life profile 2004/2005 - labour statistics

The aim of this booklet is to present a profile of the average Japanese worker through selected statistical figures. It contains labour statistics relevant to successive stages of a worker's life from school graduation and entering an enterprise to reaching his/her retirement age and receiving a retirement allowances. Almost all the statistics are based upon official sources. The statistics on employment, wages and working hours constitute the core of this booklet. As it is a matter of great concern presently, the booklet also contains statistics on the increase of female and non-regular workers, as well as changes in the employment structure. Diagrams and graphs are utilized for aiding visual understanding, and statistics of major countries are included to enable international comparisons to be made.

The aim of this booklet is to present a profile of the average Japanese worker through selected statistical figures. It ...  Show Full Abstract  

Corporate authors: Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT)
Date: 2004
Geographic subjects: Asia; Japan
Resource type: Statistical resource
Subjects: Labour market; Income; Demographics;

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Perspectives, prospects and progress in work-related learning

This concluding chapter briefly reviews and discusses key aspects of the book's contributions. In particular, attention is directed to the progress of the discipline of workplace learning, identifying emergent perspectives, noting the theoretical approaches they embody, and indicating the kinds of new curriculum practices and pedagogical tools that are suggested for supporting workplace learning. Based on a discussion of the contributions, some educational policies and government practices that could develop workplaces as sites of productive learning are also outlined. Overall, the focus in this concluding chapter is with the following questions: What are the theoretical assumption underpinning the studies of workplace learning in this volume? What are the implications of these future studies and practices in workplace learning?

This concluding chapter briefly reviews and discusses key aspects of the book's contributions. In particular, attention is ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Etelapelto, Anneli
Date: 2008
Geographic subjects: Finland; Europe
Resource type: Book chapter
Subjects: Workforce development; Policy; Skills and knowledge;

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Japanese working life profile 2006/2007 - labour statistics

This booklet contains selected labor statistics to present a profile of Japanese workers from various perspectives.

Corporate authors: Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT)
Date: 2007
Geographic subjects: Asia; Japan
Resource type: Statistical resource
Subjects: Labour market; Income; Demographics;

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Palestinian Territories: workforce development

Workforce development is seen as a priority for development in the Palestinian Territories as education and training are considered a 'passport' for Palestinians to access productive jobs at home and abroad. The education and training system has been expanding rapidly over the past 15 years and the labour force is becoming more educated. Increased access to education, however, has not translated into better quality education. At the same time, structural changes have affected the occupational structure, leading to an increase in the demand for service and sales workers as well as professionals and technicians. The Palestinian Territories have applied the World Bank workforce development (WfD) diagnostic tool under the System Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) initiative. The diagnostic tool analyzes and assesses the systems, institutions, and policies in place to promote the development of an appropriately skilled workforce.

Workforce development is seen as a priority for development in the Palestinian Territories as education and training are ...  Show Full Abstract  

Corporate authors: World Bank (IBRD)
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Palestine; Middle East
Resource type: Report
Series name: SABER country report
Subjects: Workforce development; Governance; Quality;

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The Millennium Challenge Corporation's vocational training activity in Namibia: evaluation design report

This report describes the program evaluation design for a vocational education training activity conducted by Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) for the Government of the Republic of Namibia. The evaluation will focus on the three main subactivities of the educational program:(1) grants for high-priority vocational skills programs offered by public and private training providers through the Vocational Training Grant Fund (VTGF); (2) technical assistance in establishing a National Training Fund (NTF) which will provide a sustainable source of funding for vocational training programs; and (3) improvement and expansion of Namibia's network of Community Skills and Development Centers (COSDECs), which provide vocational training targeted to marginalized populations.

This report describes the program evaluation design for a vocational education training activity conducted by Millennium ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Mamun, Arif; Borkum, Evan; Velyvis, Kristen;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Namibia; Africa
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Evaluation; Teaching and learning

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Veterans in Construction Electrical (VICE)

This case study reports on an electrical apprenticeship program for veterans who are ready to transition from military service to civilian jobs. The report details the Veterans in Construction Electrical (VICE) model and training program, an overview of the participants, lessons learned and next steps.

This case study reports on an electrical apprenticeship program for veterans who are ready to transition from military ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Armstrong, Annie Laurie; Crane, Susan
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Apprenticeship; Disadvantaged; Evaluation;

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