Reconceptualising vocational education and training systems in broader policy domains: monitoring and evaluation

Eddington, Noela and Eddington, Ian (2011) Reconceptualising vocational education and training systems in broader policy domains: monitoring and evaluation. Research in Comparative and International Education, 6 (3). pp. 255-272. ISSN 1745-4999

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We focus on how the present Vocational Education and Training (VET) system in Australia might be modified to better accommodate possible VET futures change. We begin with the premise that VET’s role is to contribute to skills acquisition through formal education and training. We propose a simple VET futures role and purpose statement and outline a possible futures public policy environment in which its actualisation might need to be achieved. We continue, first by developing a policy intervention framework and a monitoring and evaluation framework germane to that futures purpose and policy mix, and second, by employing those frameworks to explain how a futures VET system might function. We discuss the present VET system in the context of the constructed futures VET system and draw conclusions from comparisons made.

We find (a) that skills policy should be redefined to accommodate broader economic and social policy contexts in general, and sustainable industry policy in particular, and (b) that a more sophisticated policy mix, consisting of unified and complementary supply-side and demand-side interventions, should replace the VET sector’s reliance on simplistic supply-side policy responses alone. We outline an incremental approach for transforming the present VET system into the envisioned futures VET system and check and balance our findings through international comparisons.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2012 02:35
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2017 05:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: VET; skill use; policy integration; policy frameworks; monitoring and evaluation frameworks
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140211 Labour Economics
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160505 Economic Development Policy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
Identification Number or DOI: 10.2304/rcie.2011.6.3.255

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