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ERIC Number: EJ864306
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1448-0220
Developments in Pedagogic Nomenclature in Australian Vocational Education: Evolution of Revolution?
Robertson, Ian
International Journal of Training Research, v7 n2 p106-121 2009
Over recent decades the nomenclature of "innovative" pedagogic approaches in vocational education and training (VET) has undergone a number of changes. In almost all cases "traditional face-to-face" teaching is set as the comparative benchmark and painted in pejorative terms. Using aspects of Basil Bernstein's theoretical framework and definitions drawn from policy documents in the Australian VET sector, this paper shows that the most significant shift in both regulative and instructional discourses occurred with flexible delivery from 1992. This change was underpinned by competency based training which represented a significant intervention by the State in changing the balance of influence of, what Bernstein describes as, the official and pedagogic recontextualising fields. With the exception of the strengthening position of technology based teaching and learning, the emergence of the pedagogic nomenclature of flexible learning, online learning, e-learning and blended learning can be considered as refinements rather than major changes to the original intentions of flexible delivery.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia