ERIC Number: ED446225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Value of Vocational Education and Training in a Non-Metropolitan Community. Project Summary. CRLRA Discussion Paper Series.
Toms, Jon; Falk, Ian; Kilpatrick, Sue
A project has been designed to identify how a non-metropolitan community consolidates and develops sustainable social and economic activity. For many authors, the political position reiterating vocational education and training (VET) as the pivotal contributor to building national economic sustainability is framed in terms of human capital imperatives, economic rationalism, and corporate managerialism. Contemporary research on VET's value or outcomes often focuses on industry outcomes or particular activity rather than value to its wider community. The project would examine whether models of vocational provision constructed to service one sector, as opposed to mutualities of sectors, may mitigate against attempts by non-metropolitan communities to reposition themselves economically and socially in an increasingly globalized economy. A more inclusive definition of VET may be appropriate to more accurately describe the true value of VET activity and its benefits to communities in their quest for economic and social sustainability. The research method combines the focused interview process with open-ended questions. The sample consists of two strata: those employed in 17 industry groupings delineated for benchmarking performance in VET in Australia and those affiliated with community groupings operating in the study community. (Contains 56 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Community Development, Developed Nations, Economic Development, Economic Impact, Education Work Relationship, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Human Capital, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Nonmetropolitan Areas, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Regional Characteristics, Rural Economics, Secondary Education, Sustainable Development, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: Tasmania Univ., Launceston (Australia). Center for Research and Learning in Regional Australia.
Identifiers - Location: Australia