ERIC Number: ED427242
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
A Slight Breathing Space. A Guide to Working with Micro and Small to Medium Business Enterprises for Adult Educators and the VET Sector.
Childs, Merilyn, Ed.
This guide is designed to orient vocational education and training (VET) providers and adult educators to one approach to work-based learning in small business training and development used in Australia. Chapter 1, "About this Guide" (Merilyn Childs), provides an overview of the key players and conceptual frameworks involved in the small business work-based research project in the Greater Western Sydney region (1996-97) whose approach is detailed here. Chapter 2, "What Is Meant by 'Small Business'?" (Merilyn Childs, Margot MacManus, Jenny McGee), provides an overview of the term "small business," drawing on statistical and research data from within and outside the VET sector. Chapter 3, "Learning Partnerships with Small Business" (Merilyn Childs et al.) provides an overview of the key assumptions, principles, issues, and strategies that could be adopted and used by a VET provider who wanted to become a small business VET provider. Chapter 4, "Micro and Small Business Enterprises and the Key Competencies" (Merilyn Childs), asks questions about the Mayer Key Competencies, drawing on Field and Mawer's (1996) interpretation of them within high performing enterprises as a basis for articulating the important differences between small and large business work-based learning. Attachments, amounting to approximately 40 percent of the guide, include profile information about the 10 small businesses involved in the research project and vignettes of work-based learning; professional development overhead transparency masters; and 75 references. (YLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: Western Sydney Univ., Nepean (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia