Strong on retention, weak on outcomes: the impact of vocational education and training in schools


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Author: Clarke, Kira; Polesel, John


The re-shaping of the Australian senior secondary landscape in recent years and the emergence of a new space for vocational knowledge within Australian senior secondary certificates of education have been underpinned by a national focus on raising retention rates and achieving Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates in the context of a diversifying senior secondary cohort, and on delivering effective training to meet the skills needs of the growing economy. Absent from this policy agenda is a focus on the efficacy of the expanding vocational education and training (VET) in Schools. At the...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Participation; Outcomes; Disadvantaged; Teaching and learning

Keywords: VET in schools; Student retention; Outcomes of education and training; Relevance of education and training; Educationally disadvantaged; Socially disadvantaged; Education and training needs; Curriculum

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: London, England: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2013

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Journal volume: 34

Journal number: 2

Journal date: 2013

Pages: pp. 259-273

ISSN: 0159-6306, 1469-3739 (online)

Special issue: Equity and marketisation: emerging policies and practices in Australian education

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 111.1058

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