ERIC Number: ED456255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Are TAFE Organisations Learning Organisations? Do They "Walk the Talk"?
Comley, Les; Arandez, Leoni; Holden, Sue; Kuriata, Ewa
A study examined whether Australia's technical and further education (TAFE) institutes are currently learning organizations or on the road to becoming learning organizations. Data were collected through a literature review and a questionnaire administered to staff at two dual-sector universities, two metropolitan TAFE institutes, and two rural/regional TAFE institutes. Of the 79 respondents, 24.1% were general staff, 65.8% were teaching/teaching support staff, and 10.1% were senior managers. The majority of respondents in all three categories agreed with the following statements: (1) TAFE staff are lifelong learners; (2) TAFE organizations are learning organizations; (3) TAFE divisions of dual-sector universities demonstrate the characteristics of a learning organization more strongly than single-sector TAFE institutes do; and (4) rural/regional TAFE institutes demonstrate the characteristics of a learning organization more strongly than metropolitan TAFE institutes do. The percentages of respondents who believe that their TAFE institute exhibits various characteristics of learning organizations were as follows: provide learning opportunities for staff, 91.0%; have a shared organization vision, 84.8%; are open to change, 79.2%; manifest interunit cooperation, 65.4%; offer team learning opportunities, 71.5%; and develop human capital, 72.4%. It was concluded that, although the respondents considered their organizations to be learning organizations, additional evidence is needed to definitively support that contention. (Contains 10 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Adjustment (to Environment), Adult Learning, Comparative Analysis, Definitions, Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Needs, Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Organizational Climate, Organizational Development, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Rural Areas, Staff Development, Teacher Improvement, Technical Institutes, Trend Analysis, Universities, Urban Areas, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
For full text: http://www.avetra.org.au/PAPERS%202001/COMLEY%20ARANDEZ%20HOLDEN%20KURIATA.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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