ERIC Number: EJ1071841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Amartya Sen's Capability Approach and the Brokering of Learning Provision for Young Adults
Harreveld, Roberta E.; Singh, Michael J.
Vocations and Learning, v1 n3 p211-226 Nov 2008
This paper argues that Amartya Sen's ("Development as freedom," New York: Random House, 1999) concept of "capabilities" provides a useful framework for interpreting the brokering of learning provisions that emerged as a key feature of reforms to education and training in Queensland (Australia) for young people. Sen's capability approach is presented as a way of understanding the place of vocational learning in capability deprivation and enhancement. Methodologically, this account comes from a case study of the reforms' birthing and trial phases (2000-2006) (Harreveld and Singh 2007, "Queensland's education and training reforms for the future: the journey so far in senior phase learning." Brisbane, Qld: Department of Education, Training and the Arts). Evidence about the brokering of learning provision for young people comes from Queensland's youth support coordinators, community mentoring scheme, flexible learning services and a work readiness program.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Adults, Ability, Competence, Vocational Education, Educational Change, Case Studies, Career Readiness, Active Learning, Learning Theories, Training, Mentors
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Identifiers - Location: Australia