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Parallel TAFE and higher education studies in construction management : from collaboration to dual qualifications.

McLaughlin, Patricia and Mills, Anthony 2010, Parallel TAFE and higher education studies in construction management : from collaboration to dual qualifications., in AUBEA 2010 : Construction Management(s) : Proceedings of the 35th Australasian Universities Building Education Association annual conference, AUBEA, Melbourne, Vic., pp. A010-1-A010-15.

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Title Parallel TAFE and higher education studies in construction management : from collaboration to dual qualifications.
Author(s) McLaughlin, Patricia
Mills, Anthony
Conference name Australasian Universities Building Education Association. Conference (35th : 2010 : Melbourne, Vic)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 14-16 July 2010
Title of proceedings AUBEA 2010 : Construction Management(s) : Proceedings of the 35th Australasian Universities Building Education Association annual conference
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference
Start page A010-1
End page A010-15
Publisher AUBEA
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) dual-sector education
TAFE
VET
construction management
pathways
Summary Collaboration between TAFE (vocational colleges) and universities in Australia in construction management has been problematic, with exchanges between the two sectors limited to linear articulation and prescribed credit transfer. Articulation pathways have traditionally been viewed as the poor relation of university entry. In 2005, the first pilot project in dual sector construction education was conducted at RMIT University in Melbourne. Higher education students completed electives in practical units within the TAFE sector. Due to the overwhelming success of the project, practical electives were firmly embedded in the construction management programme in 2007 and this paper reports on the third, final phase of the project in 2009 which has seen construction management students graduate with a dual qualification – both a TAFE qualification and a Higher Education degree. The case studies of this final phase reveal that students and industry want the benefits of a practical qualification. The data raises critical questions about education pathways and suggests long-term implications for construction and dual sector education in Australia.
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Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30037052

Document type: Conference Paper
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