A Foucauldian strategy for vocational education and training research

Hodge, Steven 2009, A Foucauldian strategy for vocational education and training research, in Proceedings of Foucault : 25 years on : A conference hosted by the Centre for Post-colonial and Globalisation Studies, Adelaide, 25 June 2009, Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia, Underdale, S. Aust, pp. 1-6.

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Title A Foucauldian strategy for vocational education and training research
Author(s) Hodge, Steven
Conference name Foucault : 25 years on (2009 : Adelaide, South Australia)
Conference location Adelaide, South Australia
Conference dates 25 June, 2009
Title of proceedings Proceedings of Foucault : 25 years on : A conference hosted by the Centre for Post-colonial and Globalisation Studies, Adelaide, 25 June 2009
Editor(s) Goodwin-Smith, Ian
Publication date 2009
Conference series Foucault : 25 years on Conference
Start page 1
End page 6
Publisher Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia
Place of publication Underdale, S. Aust
Summary Vocational education and training (VET) is an area of research dominated by positivist approaches. Such approaches complement the behaviourist educational philosophy known as 'competency-based training' (CBT) that underpins Australia’s VET system. This paper reflects on a quandary encountered by researchers examining the history of competency based education at a TAFE institution in South Australia. The issue was how to account for a series of mutations in the way CBT was understood and practised that subverted the largely unquestioned expectation of progress. The researchers found that Foucault’s 'genealogical' approach allowed for the construction of a mode of intelligibility that lends the history a disturbing cogency. At the centre of this construction is an understanding of CBT as a highly permeable system whose configurability supports the reticulation of multiple forms of power.
Notes Biography Steven Hodge is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Research in Education, Equity and Work at the University of South Australia, where he is researching learning in vocational education. He was a secondary art teacher and also studied philosophy. Steven has worked in the vocational education sector over the last decade, becoming interested in epistemological problems in Australia’s vocational education system along the way. steven.hodge@unisa.edu.au
ISBN 9780868038278
Language eng
Field of Research 220317 Poststructuralism
Socio Economic Objective 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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