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ERIC Number: ED507158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Innovation in Teaching and Learning in Vocational Education and Training: International Perspectives. Research Overview
Hillier, Yvonne
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
How can people know what vocational education and training (VET) practitioners are doing in other countries? Often people who are finding new and different ways to teach and help people learn do not publish what they are doing. However, a large number of relevant web-based networks exist and the author was able to interrogate these for examples of current innovative practice. These websites provide resources for practitioners, including downloadable learning resources, examples of innovation in sector-specific occupations and opportunities for practitioners to share their practice in formal ways through conferencing, and informally through wikis and blogs. The literature (what there was) and web search identified four dominant trends in current teaching and learning practice, each reflecting the current international imperative for highly skilled and highly motivated expert workforces with the inherent capacity to meet the challenges of global competition, an ageing population and evolving technology. The examples that comprise the innovative practices described in this report fall into four categories: closer engagement in work-based learning; new technology facilitating learning; networks, centres of excellence and resource banks; and networks in professional practice. An annotated list of useful websites is appended. (Contains 1 footnote.) [Funding for this paper was provided through the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, under the National Vocational Education and Training Research and Evaluation Program.]
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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; United Kingdom