ERIC Number: ED476930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Reference Count: N/A
What Impact Is Implementing a Quality System Having on the Vocational Education and Training Classroom?
The impact of implementation of a quality system on Australia's vocational education and training (VET) classrooms was examined through case study research with more than 100 quality managers, head teachers, and teachers in 8 technical and further education (TAFE) institutes in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia. The literature on quality was also reviewed. Two-thirds of the teachers believed that implementing quality was having a positive impact on their work but had not yet made an impact on the learning process or the classroom because of the lack of focus on the quality systems being implemented in institutes. Quality meant different things to different people. Quality in VET had been implemented primarily as a way to improve business and the running of institutes rather than as a means of improving learning. The study confirmed the need to continue working to bridge the gap between institute, state, and national VET quality measures and programs and quality measures being gathered and implemented directly by teachers. (Eight tables and 58 references are included. The following items are appended: lists of TAFE institutions and staff consulted; the teacher focus group questions; and tables detailing the quality initiatives identified by teachers consulted and quality initiatives improving and impeding teachers' work.) (MN)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Focus Groups, Literature Reviews, Postsecondary Education, Quality Control, Secondary Education, Systems Approach, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia (Cat. no. 974; $34.65 Australian). Tel: 08 8333 8400; Fax: 08 8331 9211; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.ncver.edu.au. For full text: http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/core/cp9707.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United States