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Taking a leaf from Aristotle’s book

 Allowing teachers to be educated in practical wisdom will benefit students and society, writes Neil Hooley.  Much of the debate these days regarding schooling, teaching and learning takes place within a political and economic context that assumes its imperatives can ...

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Digging into a carbon career

A carbon management course developed in 2010 for the waste management industry has been successfully adapted as a VET program for schools. The Certificate III in Carbon Management was developed by Sandhurst Catholic Education Office (CEO), north of Melbourne, in ...

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Union asks Evans to clarify COAG funding deal

Proposed changes to vocational education funding could lock some potential students out of further education, says a national union for public educators. The Australian Education Union has written to Tertiary Education and Skills Minister Senator Chris Evans, along with the ...

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Guiding good practice for virtuous compliance

Under the theme Being TEQSA Ready in preparation for monitoring and enforcement of the new Higher Education Standards Framework, previous articles in this series have focused on risk management, the challenges of harmonising multiple layers of regulation and the need ...

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Too many doctors at law schools

A PhD is fine for arts and science lecturers but law students need to be taught by experienced practitioners, as well as academics, writes Lee Stuesser. The great American judge Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “The life of the law has ...

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East meets West, by degrees

With less individual choice, the decision about VET or university is made easier in China but like us they are still hung up about status, writes Stuart Middleton. As I promised, I write again partly from China, partly from an ...

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Why shark nets are needed in every state

There are dangers in giving public funds to providers who lack experienced teachers, writes John Mitchell. COAG has signed the agreement to open up the nationwide market for VET funding. When Victoria started down this path about three years ago, ...

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Choosing where the VET billions go

It was fortuitous that while COAG was meeting to sign off on a new tranche of reforms for the tertiary sector, the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association conference in Canberra was addressing issues around the value and voice ...

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