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International vocational education and training - the migration and learning mix

Tran, Ly Thi and Nyland, Chris 2011, International vocational education and training - the migration and learning mix, Australian journal of adult learning, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 8-31.

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Title International vocational education and training - the migration and learning mix
Author(s) Tran, Ly ThiORCID iD for Tran, Ly Thi orcid.org/0000-0001-6543-6559
Nyland, Chris
Journal name Australian journal of adult learning
Volume number 51
Issue number 1
Start page 8
End page 31
Total pages 24
Publisher Adult Learning Australia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2011-04
ISSN 1443-1394
Keyword(s) learning experiences
migration
study purposes
VET
international education
learning experiences
migration
study purposes
VET
Summary International VET students have divergent, shifting and in some cases multiple purposes for undertaking their VET courses. Students' motives may be instrumental and/or intrinsic and can include obtaining permanent residency, accumulating skills that can secure good employment, gaining a foothold that leads to higher education, and/or personal transformation. Moreover, students' study purposes and imagining of acquired values are neither fixed nor unitary. They can be shaped and reshaped by their families and personal aspirations and by the social world and the learning environment with which they interact. We argue that, whatever a student's study purpose, s/he needs to engage in a learning practice and should be provided with a high quality education. Indeed, we insist this remains the case even if students enroll only in order to gain the qualifications needed to migrate. The paper details the association between migration and learning, and argues that the four variations emerging from the empirical data of this study that centre on migration and skills' accumulation better explain this association than does the 'international VET students simply want to migrate' perspective. We conclude with a discussion of why the stereotype that holds VET international students are mere 'PR hunters' is unjust and constitutes a threat to the international VET sector.
Notes This paper previously presented at a conference : Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Conference (13th : 2010 : Surfers Paradise, Qld.) held on 8 - 9 Apr. 2010.
Language eng
Field of Research 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Adult Learning Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055899

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