Deakin University
Browse

File(s) under permanent embargo

A Foucauldian strategy for vocational education and training research

conference contribution
posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by Steven Hodge
Vocational education and training (VET) is an area of research dominated by positivist approaches. Such approaches complement the behaviourist educational philosophy known as 'competency-based training' (CBT) that underpins Australia’s VET system. This paper reflects on a quandary encountered by researchers examining the history of competency based education at a TAFE institution in South Australia. The issue was how to account for a series of mutations in the way CBT was understood and practised that subverted the largely unquestioned expectation of progress. The researchers found that Foucault’s 'genealogical' approach allowed for the construction of a mode of intelligibility that lends the history a disturbing cogency. At the centre of this construction is an understanding of CBT as a highly permeable system whose configurability supports the reticulation of multiple forms of power.

History

Event

Foucault : 25 years on (2009 : Adelaide, South Australia)

Pagination

1 - 6

Publisher

Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia

Location

Adelaide, South Australia

Place of publication

Underdale, S. Aust

Start date

2009-06-25

ISBN-13

9780868038278

Language

eng

Notes

Biography Steven Hodge is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Research in Education, Equity and Work at the University of South Australia, where he is researching learning in vocational education. He was a secondary art teacher and also studied philosophy. Steven has worked in the vocational education sector over the last decade, becoming interested in epistemological problems in Australia’s vocational education system along the way. steven.hodge@unisa.edu.au

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed; E Conference publication

Copyright notice

2009, Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia

Editor/Contributor(s)

I Goodwin-Smith

Title of proceedings

Proceedings of Foucault : 25 years on : A conference hosted by the Centre for Post-colonial and Globalisation Studies, Adelaide, 25 June 2009

Usage metrics

    Research Publications

    Categories

    No categories selected

    Keywords

    Exports

    RefWorks
    BibTeX
    Ref. manager
    Endnote
    DataCite
    NLM
    DC