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Developing pathways from vocational to higher education courses: challenges faced


Fitzallen, NE and Katersky Barnes, R and Kilpatrick, S and Brown, NR, Developing pathways from vocational to higher education courses: challenges faced, AARE Conference Proceedings, 29 November - 3 December 2015, Femantle, Western Australia, pp. 1-10. ISSN 1324-9320 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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There is increasing pressure to make pathways to higher education more accessible to students from a wide range of backgrounds, including those from lower socioeconomic circumstances. Often, those students gain vocational qualifications but those qualifications do not always support them fully to articulate to higher education. This is, at least in part, due to the gap in mathematics knowledge between what is taught in the vocational qualifications and what is required for entry into the related higher education courses. This paper reports on a project that took a cross-sector approach to improving pathways from vocational to higher education that focus on mathematical skill development. The project developed pathways for four disciplines, engineering, education, health science and business. This paper examines the challenges faced when working across those sectors to develop resources and establish pathways for students to articulate from vocational qualifications into related higher education courses. Of particular interest are the outcomes for the education pathway. A preliminary evaluation of the development of the education pathway resources is presented. The study utilises an exploratory research paradigm to explore the issues of working across sectors through content analysis of reports and surveys of stakeholders in the project.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:VET pathways, mathematics, STEM, higher education, education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:Fitzallen, NE (Dr Noleine Fitzallen)
UTAS Author:Katersky Barnes, R (Dr Robin Katersky Barnes)
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, S (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
UTAS Author:Brown, NR (Professor Natalie Brown)
ID Code:104826
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-11-20
Last Modified:2018-04-05
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