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An association for VET's professionals: what's the story?

Guthrie, Hugh and Clayton, Berwyn (2012) An association for VET's professionals: what's the story? In: AVETRA 15th Annual Conference. Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association, Crows Nest, New South Wales.

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When the Reframing the Future program was closed governments agreed that responsibility for VET workforce development rested with the states and territories and with individual providers. There has been no national and broad-based approach to VET workforce development since 2008. In a recent paper Skills Australia proposed the development of a national VET workforce development strategy (Skills Australia 2011). The Productivity Commission (2011) proposed increasing attention on Continuing Professional Development (CPD). In an extension of the discussions of CPD, Skills Australia (Skills Australia 2010) suggested that a professional body to support the development of VET professional practice might be considered. Wheelahan and Moodie (2011) found strong support for establishing such a body with a national focus in their research on the quality of VET teaching. They recommended that further work be undertaken to examine the viability this idea. Victoria’s TDC commissioned a scoping study of the feasibility of establishing a national association for VET professionals early in 2011. This mixed-method study involved a review of relevant literature on professionals and professionalism, analysis of organisational documentation to help establish the key essence, features and possible models for such an association and the production of a discussion paper (Clayton and Guthrie 2011). An on-line survey was also developed and consultation sessions held with a number of individuals and key bodies and in several jurisdictions. In addition, the idea was picked up as a discussion theme on the Australian VET leader’s forum on Linked-In. This paper will present the preliminary findings of this scoping study. These ‘work-in-progress’ findings will be put in context and the range of complementary and competing factors likely to affect the establishment and viability of such an association will be discussed. The survey findings so far show strong support for establishing a professional association in some form, but both survey respondents and consultation participants have a range of qualifications and concerns. --Conference: 'The Value and Voice of VET Research for individuals, industry,community and the nation', held: Rydges Capital Hill, ACT, 12–13 April 2012

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ISBN: 9780980527537
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Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID26240, Australian Vocational Education and Training Association, VET teachers, Skills Australia, professional associations, professional development
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
SEO Classification > 9304 School/Institution
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Depositing User: Yimin Zeng
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2013 05:11
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2014 22:58
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