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ERIC Number: ED514142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9218-0939-2
A Short History of Initial VET Teacher Training. Occasional Paper
Guthrie, Hugh
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
This paper examines the history of initial VET (vocational education and training) teacher training, both through the literature and the author's own experience. Finding of this survey include: (1) The minimalist regulatory approach of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as the mandated qualification for VET teachers and trainers needs to change and it is time to accept a broader range of qualifications as a suitable foundation for teaching in VET. This should be based on a wider range of issues: the teaching role, the provider profile and the characteristics and needs of their students; (2) A more rigorous application of regulatory requirements for staff to maintain vocational competency and develop their teaching skills will ensure that teachers do not remain with minimal qualifications; (3) The "skill set" approach mooted for the new Diploma in Training and Assessment will lead to more formal professional development being taken up by staff. These skill sets need to be based on specific work roles as well as generic teaching and assessment skills; and (4) More active collaboration between universities and the VET sector will yield better teacher training and professional development. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia