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International student mobility and its impact on the Australian private VET sector

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In recent years governments have legitimated neoliberal educational policy reforms such as the internationalization and commercialization of education through mobilising the discourses of globalization and the knowledge economy. In Australia for instance, a raft of policy initiatives over the last two and a half decades (beginning in the early 1990s) targeted full-fee paying international students prompting a surge in international student enrolments and a burgeoning private vocational education and training (VET) sector for international students. Drawing on a study of situated realities influencing international students in private VET providers in Melbourne Australia, this chapter analyses, from training managers’ and quality assurance auditors’ perspectives, the impact of international student mobility on the private VET sector. The chapter also utilises the notion of social structure as systems of human relations amongst social positions to examine how international student mobility has led to shifts in VET manager and quality assurance auditors’ perceptions and practices outside the boundaries of the education sector, particularly how private VET providers and international students are represented. In this instance by reforming the VET sector, governments change conventional characteristics through which people relate and the relationships that bind them with intended and unintended consequences. The findings suggest that whilst VET policy posits an easy and ready association between the needs of capital and the development of the workforce, this association is highly contestable and problematic as it can lead to negative student learning outcomes.

History

Volume

25

Chapter number

3

Pagination

36-55

ISSN

1871-3041

ISBN-13

9783319478579

ISBN-10

3319478575

Language

eng

Publication classification

B Book chapter, B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2017, Springer

Extent

14

Editor/Contributor(s)

Tran L, Dempsey K

Publisher

Springer

Place of publication

Berlin, Germany

Title of book

Internationalization in vocational education and training : transnational perspectives

Series

Technical and vocational eucation and training-issues concerns and prospects