Home | VET & TAFE (page 20)

VET & TAFE

Reform to the sector is working

The head of a leading private training association, Claire Field, answers the critics of her part of the sector Sometimes when you’re half way through a difficult task it can be hard to remember just why you started it in ...

More »

Retail sector pays the price

An award-winning training group fears employers will soon not be able to afford to train many staff. Over the past 12 months the national media revealed that “VET reform” opened the door to shonky providers. However, a story that has ...

More »

Take care in teaching teachers

The signature pedagogies of teacher education are changing but they should not be allowed to be overly affected by political or social forces. While criticism of teachers seems to have waned somewhat, the focus of discontent has shifted to teacher ...

More »

Tweeting a Greek tragedy

Students have a heavy enough load without adding the wasteful burden of social networking. University students believe themselves to be Sisyphus. Condemned by the gods to roll a boulder up a hill, a second-year arts/law undergraduate despairs – after all ...

More »

Chance for reform slips away

Mergers and rebuilding in the Christchurch school area show the system was broken before the quakes hit. The Christchurch earthquakes and all that has gone with them have placed demands on a city that are alongside the devastation that two ...

More »

They Said It

We’ve got lots of students wanting to do gaming design and no one wanting to do IT or computing now, but we’ve got thousands of jobs in IT and computing, and about three in game design and lots of graduates.” ...

More »

TAFE cuts ‘worse for women’

Budget cuts to the state’s TAFEs are twice as likely to disadvantage women, a study by the Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) has found. The analysis, which examined 20 popular courses impacted by funding cuts, found the changes will affect more ...

More »

Mental health action pays off

Research indicates that improved programs for struggling students lead to better retention rates. Over the past few decades, there has been growing concern in the university community about the rise of mental illness in the student population. With many institutions ...

More »

Balanced budgets sink public interest

Prominent economist John Quiggin explains why governments are taking funds from TAFE and promoting a free market, despite scandals. By John Mitchell The only solution is for the federal government to take over and to then have a much more ...

More »

Lessons from a Finnish school

The successful Scandinavian system allows for a good deal of individualised learning for students, writes Stuart Middleton I have been reading an interesting book lately, Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg (Teachers College Press, NY). It has a wealth of information ...

More »