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Student voice in 'skills for sustainability': a missing component from the demand side of Australian vocational education and training

Brown, Mike, Sack, Fabian and Rodd, Chelsea Piper 2013, Student voice in 'skills for sustainability': a missing component from the demand side of Australian vocational education and training, International journal of training research, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 213-224, doi: 10.5172/ijtr.2013.11.3.213.

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Title Student voice in 'skills for sustainability': a missing component from the demand side of Australian vocational education and training
Author(s) Brown, Mike
Sack, Fabian
Rodd, Chelsea Piper
Journal name International journal of training research
Volume number 11
Issue number 3
Start page 213
End page 224
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2013-12
ISSN 1448-0220
Keyword(s) skills for sustainability
demand side
youth voice
green skills
vocational skills
students
Summary The implementation of the Green Skills Agreement ratified by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2010 provides the national policy context for this analysis of skills for sustainability. Data from three different but complementary studies provide powerful insight into the attitudes and perceptions of young people who are studying, or are recent graduates of, Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs. We argue that the voices of the young people who participate as students are largely absent from analysis and policy-making, despite policy rhetoric about a demand driven Australian tertiary education sector responsive to consumer (student) interest and need. The combination of these three studies contributes to an improved understanding of what these young adults think and are learning with regard to skills for sustainability in their VET courses and in their workplaces. Most notably, these VET students reported that increasingly changes around skills for sustainability are being implemented into both their work roles and their courses of study.
Language eng
DOI 10.5172/ijtr.2013.11.3.213
Field of Research 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084711

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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