Dumbing it down: where do standards fit?

Alderman, Lyn ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6863-5633 (2004) Dumbing it down: where do standards fit? International Journal of Learning, 11. pp. 1007-1012. ISSN 1447-9494


In Australia, Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs are delivered in a variety of settings. You can be enrolled within a course in a high school, at a technical institution, private training provider or at your place of employment. Recognition of prior learning, on the job training and industry partnerships are strong factors supporting the change of delivery. The curriculum content within these programs has also changed. For example within the Business Services programs, the prerequisite and corequisite skill of touch keyboarding to an Australian Standard has moved from a core requirement in the 1990’s to an elective requirement in the 2000’s. Where a base skill becomes an elective skill, how does this effect the performance and outcomes for the learner, educator, employer and society as a whole? This paper will explore these issues and investigate the current position of standards within the VET curriculum today.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Paper presented at the Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning. Cojímar Pedagogical Convention Centre, Havana, Cuba, from 27-30 June 2004 • www.LearningConference.com
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Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2021 05:59
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2021 05:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer literacy; curriculum development; information and communication technology; standards; touch keyboarding; touch typing; vocational education and training
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390201 Education policy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43292

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