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ERIC Number: EJ953293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
The Marginalisation of VET in an Australian Secondary School
Polesel, John; Clarke, Kira
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v63 n4 p525-538 2011
It has been argued that the culture and traditions of secondary schooling explicitly exclude vocational learning from the mission of secondary schools. Analyses have further highlighted the role played by vocational learning in sifting and sorting students by social background. In many continental systems, Germany, France or Italy for example, the fragmentation of the upper secondary curriculum into general and vocational tracks has been the means by which the "integrity" of the academic stream has been maintained. In the Australian context, the abolition of technical schools in favour of a more comprehensive model of provision has not erased existing social inequalities. This article argues that the maintenance of the dominant academic curriculum and its associated forms of knowledge has involved a number of processes designed to exclude or accommodate different kinds of learners, to marginalise applied learning pedagogies and curricula and to ensure differentiated learning experiences for different sub-groups of young people. Drawing on views and perspectives of students and teachers in a large secondary school in an industrial provincial city of Australia, this article presents an analysis of the school-level processes which have contributed to the construction of the learner identity of students in vocational programs in Australian schools. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia