ERIC Number: ED442010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
"Don't Be Too Polite, Girls!" Women, Work, and Vocational Education and Training: A Critical Review of the Literature.
Butler, Elaine; Ferrier, Fran
Most of the research on women and vocational education and training (VET) in Australia and elsewhere that was published in 1987-1998 may be characterized as follows: (1) it was undertaken to inform or support policy decisions and is therefore framed by political and ideological agendas; (2) it is piecemeal; (3) it tends to consider women as "other" while normalizing the experiences of men; and (4) it lacks a perspective of "advantage" as opposed to "disadvantage." The literature on women and VET revolves around the following themes: (1) globalization and change; (2) social, cultural, and demographic changes; (3) policies, politics, and VET; (4) marketization of VET; (5) economic and social policies and practices for VET; (6) gender issues in VET; and (7) curriculum, pedagogies, and practices in VET. The literature on all these themes reveals a consistency in research findings and recommendations that seek structural systemic change in the VET system, including the political will to position equity as a central organizing feature. A scheme providing research grants for VET operating like the grants awarded by the Australian Research Council should be established. Grants should promote a vigorous, knowledge-seeking and inclusive culture in VET. (Fourteen tables/figures are included. The bibliography lists 279 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Continuing Education, Curriculum, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Employed Women, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Literature Reviews, Marketing, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Politics of Education, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Secondary Education, Social Change, Teaching Methods, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education, Womens Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.ncver.edu.au/.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia