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The positioning of practitioners in vocational education and training research

Grace, Lauri 2004, The positioning of practitioners in vocational education and training research, in AARE 2004 : Doing the public good : positioning educational research ; AARE 2004 International Education Research conference proceedings, The Association, Coldstream, Vic., pp. 1-15.

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Title The positioning of practitioners in vocational education and training research
Author(s) Grace, Lauri
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2004: Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 28 Nov-2 Dec. 2004
Title of proceedings AARE 2004 : Doing the public good : positioning educational research ; AARE 2004 International Education Research conference proceedings
Editor(s) Jeffrey, P.
Publication date 2004
Conference series Australian Association for Research in Education Conference
Start page 1
End page 15
Publisher The Association
Place of publication Coldstream, Vic.
Summary What is the status and role of research in VET reform? How are the views of practitioners positioned in VET research and reform? What access do VET practitioners have to research that empowers them to critique current policy and practice? This paper explores the sequestions drawing on literature and also on my experience as a VET practitioner and researcher. The national VET research strategy supports a substantial research effort to inform policy and practice. However, in a complex and unstable VET environment, funded research focuses on implementation, rather than critique, of current directions. I argue that the complexity of the VET system gives rise to new research problems, and that VET practitioners have knowledge and insight to offer in exploring these problems. But I question the extent to which current VET consultation and research processes incorporate the views of practitioners. I illustrate these issues by providing a brief overview of my PhD research project, currently being conducted through the Faculty of Education, Deakin University. This project explores the proposition that the language form typically used in official national VET texts is representative of, and constructive in, unequal power relationships.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
ISSN 1324-9339
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2005
Copyright notice ©2004, AARE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005592

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