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Zoellner, Don; Brearley, Matt; Oppermann, Elspeth – International Journal of Training Research, 2017
Apprenticeship completion rates have remained persistently low for decades in spite of broad agreement over the causes of non-completions. A possible factor missing from these explanations is climate, particularly in northern Australia where traditional trade apprentices are exposed to extreme conditions and exert themselves. We hypothesize that:…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Climate, Stress Variables, Statistical Analysis
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Zoellner, Don – International Journal of Training Research, 2015
Quality's appeal resides in the genetics of Australia's national training system and its early 1990s development. Deploying Bacchi's application of contested concepts, problem representation and their place in public policy development and implementation, it is argued that quality plays an important systemic transactional function. In addition to…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Educational Quality, Concept Formation, Discourse Analysis
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Zoellner, Don – International Journal of Training Research, 2012
Governments in advanced liberal democracies have assigned Vocational Education and Training (VET) a critical role in preparing a productive workforce for the broader economy. This linkage opens the way to use economic theories to expand the understanding of VET. Noted economic theorists have described the use of one economic reductionist technique…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Technical Education, Career Education