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ERIC Number: EJ864305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1448-0220
Lost on a Pragmatist Highway: Searching for a Theory to Inform Teaching Practice in TAFE
Haycock, John
International Journal of Training Research, v7 n2 p95-105 2009
This paper seeks to understand how practitioners learn about, develop and work with educational theory, and how this informs and influences their practice. It is based primarily on an in-depth interview with one pre-vocational program teacher working in a large, metropolitan TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institute. It also draws on the contributions of several teachers who participated in a small-scale action learning/research project facilitated by the author in his workplace, aimed at exploring relationships between educational theory and practice in a TAFE setting, and assisting participants in developing new understandings of their work, identities and practice as adult educators. In light of the research findings, this paper argues that notions of a "TAFE pedagogy" are clouded in theory and conceptualisations based on and inherited from two main streams of American pragmatism (Finger and Asun 2001), and Malcolm Knowles' (1990) concept of andragogy. However, this paper suggests that through this "clouding" and perhaps by veering off this "Pragmatist Highway" (Finger and Asun 2001), the development of a personal educational theory, together with an understanding of wider contextual issues shaping the VET system, can significantly empower TAFE teachers in their roles as adult educators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia