ERIC Number: EJ1087439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
A Binary System of Tertiary Education: Past Ideas, Contemporary Policy and Future Possibilities
Beddie, Francesca M.
International Journal of Training Research, v13 n1 p5-15 2015
This paper draws on a project examining the binary policy of higher education formulated in Australia in the mid-1960s. Its purpose is to discuss history as a policy tool and research impact. The historical analysis identified several enduring problems--beyond the central matter of funding--in tertiary education: insufficient diversity; obstacles to seamless pathways; competition for research dollars; and overly complex governance. Senior figures in Australian tertiary education discussed these themes. The author drew on their bold thinking to present sketches for a new educational landscape. History sparked fresh ideas. The project was being completed as the government proposed to uncap tuition fees and reduce public funding for university study. Its findings did not gain much attention when published because of the misfit between the pace of research and policy development, modest dissemination and the political focus of the debate on fees. It would be possible to assess any longer-term impact using an approach developed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Higher Education, Educational History, Foreign Countries, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Educational Change, Educational Research, Vocational Education, Secondary Education, Politics of Education
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia