ERIC Number: ED480976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Assessing and Certifying Generic Skills: What Is Happening in Vocational Education and Training?
Clayton, Berwyn; Blom, Kaaren; Meyers, David; Bateman, Andrea
Trends in assessment and certification of generic skills in vocational education and training (VET) across Australia were examined. Data were collected through the following activities: a literature review; semi-structured interviews with managers of assessment and teachers and learners in six registered training organizations across Australia; and a desktop audit of training packages. The study established wide variations in the coverage of generic skills in training packages and in the approaches taken to assessing their mastery. The following recommendations were offered: (1) augment national VET policy to include a framework for reporting and certification of generic skills; (2) allocate funds to support full implementation of needed policy revisions; (3) promote generic skills to stakeholders more broadly; (4) further develop training packages and assessment resources to help practitioners conduct effective generic skills assessment; and (5) offer professional development programs to practitioners to build their skills and knowledge about delivery and assessment of generic skills. (Eight tables/figures/boxes are included. The bibliography lists 35 references. The following items are appended: the interview schedule and protocols; an overview of the study methodology; results of the desktop audit of training packages; a list of generic skills identified by informants; Mayer's three levels; and a overview of the Centerlink mapping approach.) (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Adult Education, Competency Based Education, Educational Policy, Employment Potential, Employment Qualifications, Interviews, Job Skills, Literature Reviews, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Student Attitudes, Student Certification, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Tests, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia (Cat. no. 1351; $34.65 Australian). Tel: 08 8333 8400; Fax: 08 8331 9211; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ncver.edu.au. For full text: http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nr1008.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia