ERIC Number: ED420795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Participant Pathways and Outcomes in Vocational Education and Training: 1992-1995. Report of Findings of an ANTA-Funded Project. Research Report 14.
Dwyer, Peter; Harwood, Aramiha; Poynter, Geoff; Tyler, Debra
A 1996 project examined student aspirations, experience, and outcomes to identify barriers to participation in and effective delivery of vocational education and training (VET). The sample of 4,000 students in Victoria, Australia, finished their schooling in 1991. Findings indicated the following: 37 of 81 interviewees were focused and cautious about taking risks; 35 had taken a less straight-forward path; 28 of the 35 planned full-time study but were more prepared to take a risk than the focused group. The majority of young women looked at their studies in terms of where they wanted to go; more males looked at VET as a means of helping them find their way. Positive aspects of VET were practicality, teachers' experience within their industry, and teacher help. Negative aspects were as follows: classrooms and facilities; lack of information; difficulties with cross-crediting; isolation; costs; and outdated courses. The overwhelming majority of participants showed a dramatic shift from negative preconceptions to highly positive reassessments of VET's value. Questionnaire findings indicated the following: that a majority of VET students gave a good rating to building conditions, teaching quality, and staff interest in students; most VET students agreed universities were overrated; and a majority saw VET as useful for future employment, relevant for personal development, and worth recommending. VET providers perceived a slow turnaround in awareness of and attitudes toward VET. The most serious barrier to participation was undervaluing of the VET pathway within public policy and attitudes and in school settings. (Contains 17 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Educational Attitudes, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Graduate Surveys, Occupational Aspiration, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
Youth Research Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne, Parkville 3052, Victoria, Australia ($10 Australian).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: Melbourne Univ., Parkville (Australia). Youth Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Australia