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The positioning of practitioners in vocational education and training research

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Lauris Grace
What is the status and role of research in VET reform? How are the views of practitioners positioned in VET research and reform? What access do VET practitioners have to research that empowers them to critique current policy and practice? This paper explores the sequestions drawing on literature and also on my experience as a VET practitioner and researcher. The national VET research strategy supports a substantial research effort to inform policy and practice. However, in a complex and unstable VET environment, funded research focuses on implementation, rather than critique, of current directions. I argue that the complexity of the VET system gives rise to new research problems, and that VET practitioners have knowledge and insight to offer in exploring these problems. But I question the extent to which current VET consultation and research processes incorporate the views of practitioners. I illustrate these issues by providing a brief overview of my PhD research project, currently being conducted through the Faculty of Education, Deakin University. This project explores the proposition that the language form typically used in official national VET texts is representative of, and constructive in, unequal power relationships.

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1 - 15

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

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  • Yes

Start date

2004-11-28

End date

2004-12-02

ISSN

1324-9339

Language

eng

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Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2004, AARE

Editor/Contributor(s)

P Jeffrey

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