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National Charter for TAFE a ‘must’

TAFE Directors Australia wants the federal government’s vocational education and training funding reform to be backed by a national charter for TAFE. The TDA has circulated a discussion paper proposing the charter be part of the framework that will mean states ...

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TAFE central says Evans

Some new and important voices are questioning Victoria’s experiments with VET market reform and their impacts on TAFE institutes. The new voices include the NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, (Campus Review, October 17), who said in relation to Victoria that “leaving ...

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Call for policy change on low-SES students

The ways in which students from low socio-economic status are thought, and talked, about in Australian higher education bear examination. There are deficit conceptions of students from low SES backgrounds and deficit conceptions of the institutions in which they study. ...

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Gong to Gujarat: Illawarra invests in India

The Illawarra region of NSW will soon be at the forefront of Australian education in India, with plans to start training workers in the state of Gujarat. It was announced last week that Illawarra Institute of TAFE and the University of ...

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Inequality not good for those at the top

A book by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better (London: Allen Lane, 2009), has taken readers in the UK and USA by storm. Wilkinson, an economic historian and professor emeritus at the ...

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NT backs multilingual approach

The coverage of the NT languages policy in  Education Review  and Campus Review deserves a response in the interests of balance and accuracy. The draft policy and associated guidelines, “Literacy Framework for Students with English as an additional language” can be easily ...

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Teacher education at neoliberal crossroads

Some say the education profession should remain conservative in nature, while others are demanding a praxis model that allows the practice to evolve. A number of national trends are impacting on schooling and teacher education in Australia at present. In ...

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Do nurse practitioners need a doctorate?

It is timely to ask whether the qualifications for nurses working in advanced positions need reviewing. In Australia there are about 18 universities offering courses leading to nurse practitioner qualifications as standalone courses or in partnerships. Some of these programs ...

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Evans defends TAFE

The states should not starve TAFEs of funds because they are the biggest providers of skills and education in the VET sector with a successful and proud history, says the federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans. “We are ...

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Be proud of the blue-collar past

I have been intrigued recently at the emergence of a theme in the discussions of TAFE in Australia over recent months. From my perspective it seems to centre on one thing: a quest for esteem for those engaged in TAFE ...

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