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ERIC Number: EJ925024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0309-877X
Combining Vocational and Higher Education Studies to Provide Dual Parallel Qualifications
McLaughlin, Patricia; Mills, Anthony
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v35 n2 p233-245 2011
Developing academic relationships between vocational colleges and universities in Australia has been problematic, with exchanges between the two sectors limited to linear articulation and prescribed credit transfer. Whilst some very good examples of collaboration exist, in general the two sectors operate independently of each other. The isolation of the sectors has meant frustration for students and employers who want a flexible, collaborative model to meet changing industry needs. This article reports upon a pilot project in construction management at a Melbourne university that attempted to address these needs. It demonstrates how over a five-year period, higher education students completed electives in practical units within the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The overwhelming success of the project meant that practical electives were firmly embedded in the construction management programme in 2007, and this article reports on the third, final phase of the project in 2009/10 which saw construction management students graduate with a dual qualification--both a vocational qualification and a university (HE) degree. The case studies of this final phase reveal that students and industry want the benefits of a practical and theoretical qualification. The data raise critical questions about educational pathways and suggest long-term implications for construction and tertiary education in Australia and internationally. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia