Re-engaging learners in schooling through applied learning reform : exploring the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning as an 'alternative' senior schooling pathway in Australia

Blake, Damian 2009, Re-engaging learners in schooling through applied learning reform : exploring the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning as an 'alternative' senior schooling pathway in Australia, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Kohn, Germany.

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Title Re-engaging learners in schooling through applied learning reform : exploring the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning as an 'alternative' senior schooling pathway in Australia
Author(s) Blake, Damian
Publication date 2009
Total pages 296 p.
Publisher LAP Lambert Academic Publishing
Place of Publication Kohn, Germany
Summary The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) emerged in Australia to provide more relevant curriculum programs that would cater for increasing retention rates of high school students. It is also an example of the ‘new’ learning arising from contemporary debates and reforms that highlight inadequacies of the more traditional modes of learning. This book focuses on the pedagogical and sociological issues emerging from the VCAL being introduced as an ‘alternative’ learning pathway for ‘at-risk’ students within a traditional high school culture. Through the eyes of an insider- researcher, the book argues for a deeper understanding of applied learning as a ‘re-engaging’ pedagogy by studying the schooling experience of VCAL students and teachers. The book concludes that traditional modes of school teaching contribute to the social construction of ‘at-risk’ students and argues that high school pedagogy needs to be redefined as a cultural phenomenon requiring teachers to be reflexively aware of their role in bridging the gap between students’ life experiences and the curriculum.
ISBN 9783838321950
Language eng
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category A2 Authored - other
Copyright notice ©2009, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30023746

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