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Re-engaging young people through applied learning pedagogy

conference contribution
posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Damian BlakeDamian Blake
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) was developed as an innovative response to the changing context post-compulsory schooling in Australia. By combining ‘hands-on’ learning approaches with the traditions of adult learning, the VCAL seeks to cater for the learning temperaments and employment pathways of post-compulsory students who are less likely to remain at school to complete a more traditional Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). This paper draws on my doctoral research into the schooling experience of VCAL students to explore the irony in using adult and work-based learning principles that underpin applied learning pedagogy as a strategy to reengage students frequently considered by schools to be ‘at risk’. It argues that traditional contentdriven and transmissive approaches result in some students being defined ‘at risk’ because of their failure to accept as legitimate traditional school-based modes of learning. It is proposed that teachers in secondary schools require a deeper understanding of applied learning principles and teaching strategies in order to cater for the increasing numbers of applied learning students in the post-compulsory years of secondary schools. It is argued that such an understanding is also critical to avoid many of such students being incorrectly labelled ‘at risk’.

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Event

Australian Teacher Education Association. Conference (2006: Fremantle, W.A.)

Pagination

24 - 34

Publisher

Australian Teacher Education Association

Location

Fremantle, W.A.

Place of publication

Perth, W.A.

Start date

2006-07-05

End date

2006-07-08

ISBN-13

9780977568505

ISBN-10

0977568504

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2006, Australian Teacher Education Association

Editor/Contributor(s)

J Gray

Title of proceedings

ATEA 2006: Making teaching public: reforms in teacher education - proceedings of the 2006 Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference

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