Work based learning: a flux for learners through the Australian Qualifications Framework

Baker, Shayne D. and Cathcart, Malcolm and Peach, Neil (2015) Work based learning: a flux for learners through the Australian Qualifications Framework. In: 18th Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual Conference: Walking the Tightrope: The Implication of Markets for VET Research, Policy and Practice (AVETRA 2015), 08-10 April 2015, Melbourne, Australia.

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This paper sets out just one element of a long term project in which the authors have employed elements of activity theory and expansive learning theory to analyse both the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF: 2013) and application of contemporary workbased learning approaches.

The framework for the review is built around 6 key areas of performance identified in previous reviews of education systems and qualifications frameworks (AQF Council 2009; Bradley et al., 2008; Burke et al., 2009; CEDEFOP 2010 & 2013; CEDEFOP & ETF 2013; Commonwealth of Australia 2009; deWeert 2011; Education and Culture DG & EQF 2013; Guthrie et al., 2011; Hackett et al., 2012). The researchers are progressively working through the sequence of learning actions within an expansive learning cycle (Engestrom & Kerosuo, 2007) and this paper represents one aspect of the work being undertaken as part of a step two [i.e. analysis] in the seven step expansive learning cycle.

Through this analysis we present a possible solution to enable an individual to progress through a vocational pathway into higher education by the application of a workbased learning pedagogy that is assessed against institutional based credentials. This approach tends to be a ‘flipped’ practice to the general principle of asking the learner to align their work based activity to the institution’s pedagogical framework and more then the application of recognition of prior learning.

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2016 00:27
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 04:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: work-based learning; vocational pathways; qualification frameworks
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development

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