A review of para-professional engineering education in Australia: exploring the VET-HE divide

Dowling, David (2010) A review of para-professional engineering education in Australia: exploring the VET-HE divide. In: 21st Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AaeE 2010): Past, Present, Future - the 'Keys' to Engineering Education Research and Practice, 5-8 Dec 2010, Sydney, Australia.

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The differences between the Vocational Education and Training (VET) and higher education (HE) sectors have been well documented over recent years, often in the context of the impact those differences have on student movement between sectors. In engineering, the differences between the sectors are exemplified by the different approaches each sector takes to para-professional education. Both VET sector Advanced Diplomas and HE sector Associate Degrees are Level 6 qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework, and are designed to educate para-professional engineers.

This paper describes some of the key features of the engineering programs offered in each sector and explores the differences between them. It then discusses the implications of those differences on student learning and student movement between the sectors. The final section describes some key changes occurring in the tertiary education sector and the impact they may have on para-professional engineering education.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2010 David Dowling. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source and permission from the author.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2011 03:33
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2017 00:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: para-professional engineering education; VET engineering education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18169

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