ERIC Number: EJ955725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Learning Pathways between and within Vocational and Higher Education: Towards a Typology?
Harris, Roger; Rainey, Linda
Australian Educational Researcher, v39 n1 p107-123 Feb 2012
Promotion by governments of the provision of pathways for learners and the principle of seamlessness in post-compulsory education over the past decade may be perceived as both positive and problematic. Seamlessness can provide considerable choice and yet can readily lead to uncertainty and indecision. A number of studies have drawn attention to the phenomenon of indirect transfer, where the movement of tertiary students is not linear but involves several moves within and between sectors. This paper explores patterns in such movements and proposes a typology of five learning pathways. The research involved in-depth interviews held with 69 students in South Australia who had experienced both vocational and higher education sectors. Such research can help educators and researchers understand more fully the experiences in and reasons for moving within and between various pathways. It can also assist policymakers and institutional planners with insights into how best to fashion relationships between sectors and tailor policies and services that help learners navigate through education systems.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Higher Education, Compulsory Education, Classification, Articulation (Education), Interviews, Educational Policy, Student Mobility, Transfer Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia