Industry Placement Experiences in Vocational Education: Voices from Australia

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Schuller, Annamarie and Bergami, Roberto (2012) Industry Placement Experiences in Vocational Education: Voices from Australia. International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 11 (6). pp. 29-48. ISSN 1447-9524


One of the premises of vocational education (VET) is a practically-based curriculum approach that aims to teach students contemporary work practices so that they are better prepared to enter the workforce. It stands to reason that if students need to be educated about contemporary work processes, then the teacher also needs to have an understanding of such processes for teaching and learning practice. Teacher currency, therefore, becomes an issue of high importance, particularly as economic and social globalisation contribute to the continuing transformation of workplaces. One way to achieve such currency may be through voluntary teacher industry placements, where the teacher is seconded to industry for a period of time. Based on data gathered through semi-structured interviews, the paper discusses the experiences of VET business teachers in Australia who have undertaken an industry placement and considers issues such as: negotiating self through changing work, the work of identity formation, and organisational learning. The paper concludes that changing teaching and learning practises post an industry placement problem and are difficult to achieve due to various environmental factors including organisational barriers and regulatory constraints.

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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of International Business
Keywords ResPubID25996, VET teacher currency, communities of practice, capacity building, professional development, knowledge worker, industry placement, workplace learning
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