Examining the development of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning and its implications for schools and teacher education in Australia

Blake, Damian and Gallagher, David 2009, Examining the development of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning and its implications for schools and teacher education in Australia, Journal for Applied Learning in Higher Education, vol. 1, Fall, pp. 49-71.

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Title Examining the development of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning and its implications for schools and teacher education in Australia
Author(s) Blake, Damian
Gallagher, David
Journal name Journal for Applied Learning in Higher Education
Volume number 1
Season Fall
Start page 49
End page 71
Publisher Missouri Western State University
Place of publication St. Joseph, Mo.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 2150-8240
2150-8259
Summary The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a very successful senior secondary school qualification introduced in the Australian state of Victoria in 2002. Applied learning in the VCAL engages senior students in a combination of work-based learning, service-learning, and project-based learning and aims to provide them with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to make informed choices regarding pathways to work and further education. The program has enjoyed rapid growth and its system-wide adoption by Victorian secondary schools, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions, Registered Training Organizations (RTOs), and Adult and Community Education (ACE) providers has broadened significantly the range of senior schooling pathway options for young people. This paper will examine reasons for developing an applied learning senior secondary certificate and its rapid growth in Victoria since 2002. The authors draw on a number of case studies to profile the unique nature of applied learning in the VCAL, including its dimensions of service learning, work-based learning, and project-based learning. These case studies are also used to discuss a number of implications that have emerged from the use of applied learning in the VCAL, including approaches to teaching and assessment that will support applied learning and the development of new partnerships between VCAL providers and community partners. Finally, the paper considers significant implications the VCAL has created for teacher education in Victoria by discussing the new Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning) developed by Deakin University.
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Missouri Western State University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30023751

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