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McCall, Deanna; Western, Deborah; Petrakis, Melissa – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2020
In recent years, the Australian federal government has sought to increase the diversity of students attending higher education through supporting students that have traditionally been under represented. This is due to a perception that the attainment of a higher education can enhance a graduate's life as they have greater access to professional…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Enrollment Influences, Higher Education, Enrollment Trends
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Beddie, Francesca – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2010
In 2010, fifty years after the establishment of the association now called Adult Learning Australia (ALA), the association still faces the dilemma about how to sell its message that adult learning matters. The dilemma is one of philosophy: in the nineteenth century, it was liberalism versus utilitarianism; in the mid-twentieth, the instrumental…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Foreign Countries
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Stehlik, Tom; Christie, Michael – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2007
The article presents a comparative analysis of educational policy and provision in Sweden and Australia, with particular emphasis on the relative investment in continuing and further education in both countries. The authors investigate the extent to which further education opportunities provide a "second chance" at learning for adults…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Educational Opportunities
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Hodge, Steven – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2007
This article attempts to trace the origins of competency-based training (CBT), the theory of vocational education that underpins the National Training Framework in Australia. A distinction is made between societal and theoretical origins. This paper argues that CBT has its societal origins in the United States of America during the 1950s, 60s and…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Educational History
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Townsend, Rob – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2006
This article reviews current literature and discussion about the policies and sites of Australian adult education and training and their potential impact on the development of social capital in a regional context. The review stems from a current research project examining the impact of participation in adult education by people from diverse…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Public Education, Student Diversity
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Hellwig, Silke – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2006
The German dual apprenticeship system has traditionally been viewed as an effective system for generating a highly skilled workforce in the trades, crafts and service sectors. In addition, countries and systems looking to improve their own approaches to vocational education and training (VET) have considered as exemplary the main features of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Vocational Education, Competency Based Education