ERIC Number: ED422520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Research on VET Decision Making.
Smith, Chris Selby; Hawke, Geof; McDonald, Rod; Smith, Joy Selby
A project was conducted to examine the impact of vocational education and training (VET) research on decision making in VET in Australia. Data were collected from the following: a literature review; a symposium attended by state-, territory-, and national-level VET policymakers and planners and VET providers; semistructured telephone interviews with 50 VET decision makers on their use of VET research; nine case studies; and development of a background paper on overseas findings and perspectives. Direct awareness of research findings among key decision makers was low. Many had little or no awareness of sources of research information. Although senior decision makers frequently operated on the basis of briefing papers that most likely had a strong basis in research, they were generally unaware that research findings had any impact on their decision making. Because the volatile policy climate for VET and the time pressures on key players all tend to militate against the considered use of data as a component of decision making, many VET-related decisions were being made without referencing important research-based information. (Appended are the background paper for the Impact Project and the symposium program.) (MN)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Conferences, Decision Making, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Influences, Job Training, Literature Reviews, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Research Utilization, Secondary Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Vocational Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; World Wide Web: http://www.ncver.edu.au/
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia