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Kilpatrick, Sue; Stirling, Christine; Orpin, Peter – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2010
This paper examines the skills required of volunteers in the voluntary sector organisations that operate in three rural Tasmanian communities. It reports how volunteers acquire those skills and reveals the challenges faced by voluntary sector organisations in rural communities whose industries and, following from this, community members have a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Areas, Volunteers, Skill Development
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Kilpatrick, Sue; Millar, Patricia – International Journal of Training Research, 2006
Extension (industry training) and VET (the formal Vocational Education and Training system), each vital to Australia's education and training for agriculture, have developed as separate domains. Recent research suggests that the potential of closer alignment should be further explored. Extension provides usually non-certified courses to primary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Alignment (Education), Industrial Training
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Kilpatrick, Sue; Loechel, Barton – Rural Society, 2004
This paper reports some of the main lessons learnt from a collaborative project titled "Generating jobs in regional Tasmania: a social capital approach" investigating how two small rural Tasmanian communities could better match local training needs with training provision. The project was conducted within the context of the wider social,…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Rural Education, Social Capital, Educational Needs
Kilpatrick, Sue; Abbott-Chapman, Joan; Baynes, Hazel – 2002
The educational participation and retention of youth in education in Tasmania and factors affecting them were examined in relation to the patterns observed throughout Australia and elsewhere. The study established that Australian youth's participation in education, including school, vocational education and training (VET), and higher education,…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adolescents, Comparative Analysis, Differences
Kilpatrick, Sue; Falk, Ian – 2001
Social capital helps communities respond positively to change. Research into managing change through learning in communities and in small businesses, particularly farm businesses, has highlighted the importance of relationships between people and the formal and informal structure of communities to the quality of outcomes experienced by…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Community Change, Community Development, Community Resources
Kilpatrick, Sue – 1999
The methods used by Australian farm managers to obtain the skills and knowledge needed to manage their businesses were examined. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with 85 farm owners/managers from South Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, and New South Wales. The farmers interviewed identified a wide range of…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Agribusiness, Agricultural Education
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Kilpatrick, Sue; Bell, Rowena; Falk, Ian – Journal of Vocational Education and Training: The Vocational Aspect of Education, 1999
ExecutiveLink(TM) is a learning community of farm businesses engaged in nonformal education. Social capital is developed through shared language and experiences, the building of trust, self-development, and identification with the community. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Farmers, Group Instruction, Networks