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We can’t teach them that! Reinstating the place of generic skills in VET

Clayton, Berwyn and Blom, Kaaren (2003) We can’t teach them that! Reinstating the place of generic skills in VET. In: The 6th Australian VET Research Association Conference : "The changing face of VET", 9-11 April 2003, Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh NSW, Sydney, Australia.

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In a number of overseas countries, the delivery and assessment of generic skills has become an issue of considerable interest. Likewise, in Australia there has been an increasingly obvious shift by vocational education and training (VET) policy makers and major industry representatives, away from a complete focus on technical competencies to one that promotes an enhanced positioning for generic skills in VET. In their simplest form, generic skills are currently represented in Training Packages and in practitioners’ minds, by the Mayer Key Competencies. However, research indicates that the teaching and assessment of Key Competencies is relatively problematic. Learners’ achievement of Key Competencies is generally inferred, and is only rarely directly delivered and evaluated. This paper reports on a series of case studies of RTO approaches to assessment of generic skills. It examines the issues and concerns raised by practitioners currently engaged in the delivery and assessment of generic skills and offers some suggestions for supporting more effective approaches in a range of VET environments.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: vocational education and training (VET), registered training organisations (RTOs), VET providers, teaching and assessment, VET system
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
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Depositing User: Ms Marcia Millard
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2009 17:05
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2011 00:33
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