The VCAL Experience: Unpacking Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies

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Bailey, Rowena, Williams, Greg, Sahin, Irem and Cacciattolo, Marcelle (2007) The VCAL Experience: Unpacking Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2 (2). pp. 207-216. ISSN 18331882


The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is offered in many secondary colleges in Victoria, Melbourne Australia. VCAL provides formal accreditation and pathway choices as an alternative to the Victorian Certificate of Education which is used primarily for university entrance. Research indicates that disengaged students who leave school before completing twelve years of study are less likely to find appropriate pathways and less likely to experience academic, social and economic success in life (Teese 2000;Black 2006). This presentation highlights the results of a one year study involving Broadmeadows SC and Victoria University as part of Victoria University’s Research in Innovative Partnerships in education (RIPE). In addition to this the presentation will highlight the importance of establishing learner-centred approaches to teaching and learning. Integrated curriculum and positive relationships with teachers will also be examined. The key findings resonate across all education sectors where there is concern for social implications of alienation and disengagement for young people.

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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
Historical > SEO Classification > 9399 Other Education and Training
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
Keywords ResPubID12802, VCAL program, university pathways, innovative teaching and learning practices, re-engaging disengaged young learners
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