Vocational Education Development in a Work-Based Learning Programme

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Modrakee, Mallika (2005) Vocational Education Development in a Work-Based Learning Programme. Other Degree thesis, Victoria University.


This study is an action research investigation to develop a work-based learning programme for vocational students at Aksorn School of Technology Pattaya, Thailand. Historically, vocational education has been primarily school-based with the emphasis on teacher-led instruction and scant workplace experience. This resulted in major weaknesses in student preparation and readiness for the work environment. The aim of this study was to install a work-based learning programme to give students better preparation for the workplace, and give them contextual experience of work practice through work placements, and then evaluate the outcomes of the experience. By providing students with greater practical exposure to the workplace culture and conditions, the study endeavoured to foster skills, competencies, and a mindset suitable for the world of work. The project was overseen by a committee of stakeholders, and facilitated by the researcher. The study followed two cohorts of ten students over two action research cycles of three months each. Data were collected via student focus groups, observation, field notes, interviews, and analysis of documents, including student journals, and employer and teacher assessments. The outcomes from the study have indicated that a work-based learning programme has the potential to address many of the problems facing our students in their career development. Furthermore, the disciplines imposed in conducting the enquiry made all the participants involved examine their own work practices and, has been a contributory factor towards the stakeholders' professional development..

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Doctor of Education

Item type Thesis (Other Degree thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/315
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Keywords work-based learning programme; vocational students; Thailand; Aksorn School of Technology Pattaya; workplace experience
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