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ERIC Number: ED507134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9214-1298-1
Explaining the Divergence between Student Numbers and Hours, 2002 to 2007. Technical Paper
Karmel, Tom; Mlotkowski, Peter
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Information on the divergence between student numbers and delivery hours for the period 2002 to 2007 is provided in this technical paper. The change in hours from one year to the next is decomposed into three effects, one of which is "hours inflation", whereby nominal hours increase over time for the same unit of competency or module. Here we show that the "hours inflation" explains relatively little of the divergence between students and hours. However, another form of hours creep, whereby new modules have higher average hours than ceased modules, was of some significance at the start of the period in question. A list of tables representing change in hours by state and territory is appended. (Contains 2 footnotes, 7 tables, and 3 figures.) [This work has been produced by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) as a joint initiative of the Australian Government, and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia