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The convergence of vocational and adult education in learning communities


Falk, IH, The convergence of vocational and adult education in learning communities, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 23, (8) pp. 697 - 716. ISSN 1066-8926 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/106689299264404


Every so often, it is important to stand back and look at the whole context of our field of research and practice. In this article, I do this by shedding light on the ways we view the term vocations and the consequences of those views for education and training in community colleges and adult and community education providers of all kinds. I ask the question: What is Vocational Education and Training (VET) for? I ask this particular question because I know the answers are contested, staking out claims for territory in research and practice. The answer to the question that this article explores is that vocational education and training “serve industry.” Using Australia as a specific example of such a Western country, the article argues that the entrenched meanings for VET as serving industry have disenfranchised a large proportion of the population - especially small business and the rural sector. The article is pointing out that the resulting version of VET is gendered, classed, and urban-specific. This structurally entrenched position is then contrasted with data reported from empirical studies currently examining (among other things) the nature of vocations and work at a community level and the manner in which they are created there. The article raises three important implications: the convergence of Adult and Community Education with VET, learning pathways, and the effects on small business. © 1999 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Falk, IH (Associate Professor Ian Falk)
ID Code:16324
Year Published:1999
Deposited By:Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2000-05-06

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