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Why degrees belong in a TAFE environment

Achieving diversity in education will require fundamental changes to the current system, says TDA’s Bruce Mackenzie The current higher education institution classification system and the funding arrangements supporting it limit development and are socially detrimental, Bruce MacKenzie, chair of TAFE ...

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Demand-driven VET needs talent at the top

Why are vocational education managers and leaders given scant attention asks John Mitchell. On International Women’s Day, it was uncomfortable to watch a few members of the audience of the ABC’s panel show Q&A taking some cheap shots at the ...

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Institutional wealth a vexed question

Ability to attract private funding dictates capability in NZ tertiary sector writes Stuart Middleton Education is funded in two ways. First it is funded by public expenditure (that is by people paying taxes of which a proportion is passed on ...

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Empirical barriers

Publicly funded VET doesn’t meet the minimum conditions that would make it viable to contract it out, argues Phil Toner. At the request of the Council of Australian Governments, the Productivity Commission (PC) recently undertook an examination of the publicly ...

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Training tomorrow’s teachers

The Melbourne Master of Teaching is a more expensive and complex model of teacher preparation, but the demands and expectations on teachers have changed. Nothing less should be considered acceptable, writes Stephen Dinham. The importance of quality teaching to student ...

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Get real about future jobs

The purpose of the university is to prepare people to contribute to society through high-level thinking, writes Stuart Middleton As educational professionals we are letting ourselves down by the continual use of wishy-washy statements about the purpose of education. We ...

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TEQSA cannot fill the role of the ALTC

Why do I care that the Australian Learning and Teaching Council has gone, asks Adrian Lee. Here I am, a greying retired professor enjoying grandkids and all those wonderful benefits of life after academia. So why am I so upset ...

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Unanswered questions

There are still questions to be answered about the manner and indeed the rationale behind the closure of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, (ALTC). The announcement of the intention to close it down at the end of the year ...

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Pumping up professionals

Sports-style leadership needed in VET, writes John Mitchell. I have just watched our Prime Minister on the evening news rousing the faithful crowd at an AFL Western Bulldogs event, proudly holding aloft a jersey with her name on it and ...

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Back to normal a sad place for many

The toll on education of the NZ earthquake was huge writes Stuart Middleton. This week, 76,000 learners in NZ will not go to early childhood centres or schools. No, it is not another statistic about disengagement but one about the ...

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