ERIC Number: ED419984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Culture Matters. Community Report. Reporting on a Research Project To Explore Factors Affecting the Outcomes of Vocational Education and Training for Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander People.
Buchanan, Matthew; Egg, Mez
The factors leading to positive outcomes in vocational education and training (VET) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were examined through person-to-person and telephone interviews with indigenous Australian students and VET providers. The interviews focused on the following: the range of VET provision and the extent of its variation in urban, regional, rural, and remote contexts; students' concerns regarding course access, design, and delivery; typical pathways taken to VET by indigenous Australian people; and language and literacy issues in the delivery of VET and their relation to culturally relevant course design and delivery. It was concluded that many factors affect outcomes of participation and that these factors must be viewed as part of a "human system" of delivery. Language and literacy were deemed key to successful outcomes of VET, and the following guiding principles for better course delivery were identified: recognize that education and training is a cultural response; make space for Aboriginality within institutions; involve Aboriginal communities in course delivery; be flexible and negotiate appropriate teaching and learning; recognize that a range of support is needed; make language and literacy part of course delivery; and evaluate the effectiveness of each part of the course delivery system. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Delivery Systems, Educational Needs, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Individual Needs, Instructional Effectiveness, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Performance Factors, Postsecondary Education, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Systems Approach, Teacher Attitudes, Urban Areas, Urban Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: Technology Univ.-Sydney, Broadway (Australia). Research Centre for Vocational Education and Training.
Identifiers - Location: Australia