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How vocational education and training researchers use theory in their research

Smith, Erica and Clayton, Berwyn (2012) How vocational education and training researchers use theory in their research. International Journal of Training Research, 10 (3). pp. 251-258. ISSN 1448-0220

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This paper is a preliminary investigation of the place that theory plays in vocational education and training (VET) research. Vocational education and training is an academic discipline, whose theory base has not previously been analysed in detail. The VET research community considers itself to be somewhat undervalued both by the broader education discipline in Australia and by some stakeholder bodies. Yet the community and its experienced researchers have a high reputation overseas. It could be that a better articulation of the theoretical framework within which we work, and the bodies of knowledge upon which we draw, may lead to a greater utilisation of our work by the broader scholarly community and, importantly, by relevant policy-makers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID25589, theory, VET research, theoretical framework, policy making, international recognition, back-filling theory, politics of theory
Subjects: Current > FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
Historical > SEO Classification > 9304 School/Institution
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Work-Based Education Research Centre (WERC)
Depositing User: Yimin Zeng
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2013 04:15
Last Modified: 05 May 2020 07:16
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