The marginalisation of VET in an Australian secondary school


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Author: Polesel, John; Clarke, Kira


It has been argued that the culture and traditions of secondary schooling explicitly exclude vocational learning from the mission of secondary schools. Analyses have further highlighted the role played by vocational learning in sifting and sorting students by social background. In many continental systems, Germany, France or Italy for example, the fragmentation of the upper secondary curriculum into general and vocational tracks has been the means by which the 'integrity' of the academic stream has been maintained. In the Australian context, the abolition of technical schools in favour...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Secondary education; Vocational education and training; Youth; Equity

Keywords: VET in schools; Socioeconomic background

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania; Queensland

Published: Abingdon, England: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2011

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Also called: The marginalisation of vocational education and training in an Australian secondary school

Journal volume: 63

Journal number: 4

Journal date: December 2011

Pages: pp. 525-538

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

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 106.676

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