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ERIC Number: ED550322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
ISBN: 978-1-925173-06-2
Entry to Vocations: Building the Foundations for Successful Transitions. Research Report
Clarke, Kira
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Vocational education and training (VET) in Schools is intended to provide young people with an opportunity to develop skills for a range of vocational occupations as they complete their senior secondary certificates. This report draws together findings from all three years of the "Entry to Vocations" research project and presents a set of implications for those stakeholders looking to strengthen VET in Schools delivery at system and practice levels. This research has focused on the 15 to 19-year old cohort and used a definition of VET in Schools that includes all vocational education and training undertaken as part of a senior secondary certificate of education. The purpose of the final year of this research was to identify possible ways to strengthen the future role of VET in Schools. The proposed approach, which has been termed "foundational vocational education in secondary education," is not a prescriptive model of delivery but rather a series of evidence-based principles for ongoing policy reform of VET in Schools. This approach is grounded in an assumption that Australian senior secondary schools make a contribution to both human capability for the labour market and the development of successful learners and informed citizens. The findings of this study reinforce the need for greater alignment of the school vocational curriculum with labour market opportunities. A key challenge for all stakeholders involved in senior secondary education is how to provide high-quality workplace and career exploration as a fundamental part of the secondary school curriculum. This can be problematic when the primary mission of secondary schooling is still defined in terms of preparation for university. Throughout the "Entry to Vocations" research, there has been evidence that more coherent leadership is needed at the system level to support this work, particularly in relation to consistent support for career exploration and workplace learning activities.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia