ERIC Number: ED446226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Value of Vocational Education and Training in a Non-Metropolitan Community. CRLRA Discussion Paper Series.
Toms, Jon; Golding, Barry; Falk, Ian; Kilpatrick, Sue
A study examined the question of how one Australian non-metropolitan community consolidates and develops sustainable economic and social activity through the learning of community members. The research used a focused interview process with open-ended questions with these 2 major sub-groups in the community and explored their interrelatedness: 2 people employed in 17 industry groups delineated for benchmarking performance in vocational education and training (VET) and 1 person affiliated with groups of community organizations. Sources of learning in these three contexts were explored: in recent paid work, in community activities, in home activities. Respondents rated the value to them of these five sources of learning: at school, through post-school qualifications, through work, outside of work from involvement with community groups, and associated with home activities. Findings indicated nonformal and informal learning contributed to a substantial proportion of an individual's learning. Formal learning through schooling and post-school qualifications were assigned a relatively lower value. While 46 percent of VET graduates regarded VET qualifications as of high or medium usefulness, trade qualifications and higher level awards were more highly valued. Regarding their most important skill, 47 percent named empathy for others and 42 percent named communication skills. (Contains 19 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Communication Skills, Developed Nations, Economic Development, Economic Impact, Empathy, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Informal Education, Job Training, Lifelong Learning, Nonformal Education, Nonmetropolitan Areas, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Regional Characteristics, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: Tasmania Univ., Launceston (Australia). Center for Research and Learning in Regional Australia.
Identifiers - Location: Australia