ERIC Number: ED387698
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Development Needs in Vocational Education and Training in Relation to Developing Language, Literacy and Numeracy Competence. Research Report.
Oregon Library Foundation, Salem.; New South Wales TAFE Commission, St. Leonards (Australia).
A national research project was conducted in Australia on the professional development needs of curriculum writers, industry trainers, and vocational teachers in relation to the development of language, literacy, and numeracy competence in vocational education and training. Data were collected through the following methods: a review of literature; collection of training packages targeted at curriculum writers, industry trainers and vocational teachers not already trained in language, literacy, and numeracy teaching; 135 interviews with curriculum writers, industry trainers, and vocational teachers from all states and territories; and focus group discussions with curriculum writers and industry trainers. Analysis and review of these data produced the following findings: (1) few well-documented formal professional development programs for this group of educators exist; (2) many of the subjects were not aware of existing training packages; and (3) major professional needs of curriculum writers were for training in writing curriculum, access and equity, theory and practice, assessment, flexible delivery, and integration; for industry trainers major development needs were training in teaching strategies, assessment, theory and practice, literacy and numeracy awareness, access and equity, mathematics, and resources; and for vocational teachers, teaching strategies, mathematics, theory and practice, models of good practice, assessment, and access and equity were identified as development needs. The project made recommendations in the areas of: a resource to disseminate information about professional development to all three groups; specific development to meet the major needs of each group; and national forums and workshops to promote good practice in the integration of language, literacy, and numeracy competence into vocational education and training. (Contains 37 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Educational Needs, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Literacy Education, Professional Development, Vocational Education Teachers
Adult Basic Education Resource and Information Service, National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia, Level 9, 300 Flinders St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia ($15 Australian plus postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Staff Development Committee for Vocational Education and Training, Chadstone (Australia).
Authoring Institution: Oregon Library Foundation, Salem.; New South Wales TAFE Commission, St. Leonards (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia