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Why is it important for higher education to connect with the VET sector?


Langworthy, A and Johns, S, Why is it important for higher education to connect with the VET sector?, Research and Development in Higher Education: Connections in Higher Education, 2-5 July, Hobart, Australia, pp. 118-128. ISSN 1441-001x (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper examines the value to studetns of connections between the Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education sectors. It presents findings from research at the University of Tasmania which shows that students admitted to higher education in the basis of previous VET perform as well if not better than all other student populations. the paper challenges some commonly held myths about VET students' academic ability and about the perceived differential status of VET regarding practice based learning. However, there is only limited uptake of direct pathways for VET to higher education in Tasmania, and the reasons for this are examined. the papers concludes that connections between VET and higher education need to be strengthened to deliver successful outcomes for students. Future directions are likely to include development and co-delivery of a bridging program from VET to higher education, better and more transparent credit transfer processes, and development of concurrent or embedded awards in skill priority areas, resulting in both a VET and higher edcation qualification.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:VET pathways, social inclusion, participation
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Technical, further and workplace education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Langworthy, A (Associate Professor Anne Langworthy)
UTAS Author:Johns, S (Dr Susan Johns)
ID Code:83182
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Academic Division
Deposited On:2013-03-05
Last Modified:2019-05-01
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