ERIC Number: ED265296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Education and Worker Co-operatives. Some Perspectives of the Australian TAFE Connection.
The workers' cooperative movement has grown in many countries of Europe, where it is often state-sanctioned and supported. In Australia, however, the movement is just beginning. The government organization of what are called cooperative development programs is the dominant new feature on the Australian worker cooperative scene. However, funding is only marginal. Cooperative development programs are not worker cooperatives either, and their origins in Australia from state government initiatives are a long way from the origins at grassroots level that idealists concerning worker cooperation would possibly have preferred. Nevertheless, the programs are facilitators for worker cooperatives. The structure of Australian cooperatives and related development programs varies by state. Cooperative movements place great importance on education. In Australia, this principle needs to be pursued vigorously if cooperation is to become established successfully. Since the cooperatives now operating in Australia are too small to operate their own educational systems, they must rely on systems already in place, such as TAFE (Technical and Further Education). The responses of TAFE to the educational needs of worker cooperatives in Australia have varied considerably state by state. Until the cooperative movement has developed its own formal education system, more formal connections among the movement and TAFE and other education systems will be needed. TAFE has a role to play in the success of the workers' cooperatives. A four-page bibliography is included. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Cooperative Programs, Cooperatives, Economic Opportunities, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Extension Education, Foreign Countries, Industrial Structure, Labor Education, Labor Needs, Laborers, Postsecondary Education, Technical Education
Thomas Nelson, P.O. Box 4725, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3001 (AU$6.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: TAFE National Centre for Research and Development, Payneham (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia