ERIC Number: ED380541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Calling the Tune. Market Responsive Vocational Education: A Discussion Paper.
An analysis of Australia's vocational education market reveals that the Technical and Further Education (TAFE) system is still the dominant provider of postcompulsory off-the-job vocational education and training in Australia. In the education and training (E&T) services market, TAFE is in competition with other public and private schools, universities, adult community education, industry skill centers, and commercial and enterprise training providers. The Australian market for E&T services is not, however, an open competitive market with full and fair competition among the providers of postcompulsory E&T. The desirability of formulating and implementing policies making vocational education more market responsive were considered in light of the following factors/issues: inherent conflicts between policies encouraging competition and those encouraging cooperation; limits of markets as instruments of social choice; the need to balance educational and labor markets; access and equity; quality; the benefits/drawbacks of fee-for-service, joint venture, tendering, and voucher arrangements and incorporating TAFE; and distortions. It was concluded that the general concept of developing a more competitive market is a good one provided it is understood in terms of a regulated rather than laissez-faire market. (Contains 83 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Education, Competition, Education Work Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Educational Demand, Educational Economics, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Educational Supply, Educational Vouchers, Equal Education, Financial Policy, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Marketing, Off the Job Training, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Private Schools, Proprietary Schools, Relevance (Education), Vocational Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia