Bridging the gap: cost effective partnerships and meta-simulations

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Clayton, Berwyn and Johnstone, Ivan (2003) Bridging the gap: cost effective partnerships and meta-simulations. In: NCVER Conference integrating assessment: removing the on-th-job/off-the-job gap, June 4-6 1996, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Perth WA. (Submitted)


The continual separation of training into its on-the-job and off-the-job components is counterproductive. It over-emphasises where learning takes place rather than focusing on the quality of the experience. It works against the effective integration of learning and assessment in VET and reinforces perceptions that some training outcomes are somehow of lesser value. The majority of training provision relies heavily on the assessment of people performing simulated work tasks because issues of access and cost make assessment of the performance of real work totally impractical. However, carefully constructed problem-based simulations that mirror real units of work can effectively bridge the gap between the on- and off-the-job components of training. The case study included in this paper is an example of such a "meta-simulation". It requires students to apply a range of high level skills and knowledge to complex work-related tasks and to present their outcomes to a panel of teachers and industry experts for assessment. Because of their enhanced realism, meta-simulations have the potential to enhance the validity and status of off-job assessment.

Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Work-Based Education Research Centre (WERC)
Keywords vocational education and training (VET), VET providers, vocational evaluation, occupational training, vocational education, learning and assessment, on-the-job training, off-the-job training
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