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If laissez-faire rules, TAFE suffers

There is plenty of empirical evidence that shows that marketised systems in tertiary education result in dodgy providers, appalling delivery and lowered standards that in turn elicit more regulations and demands for compliance, writes Leesa Wheelahan The federal government’s 2011 ...

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The art of attraction

Intro ICT use by teachers and trainers within the VET sector is diverse and uneven, writes Lucas Walsh. Talk about "new media" to many academics and e-learning practitioners and you will often get the response, "But this new media is ...

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PPP off target on “critical” skills: new data

The federal government’s marketised VET program hasn’t hit the right skill needs. The federal government’s prototype demand-driven program for VET, the Productivity Places Program (PPP), has provided little if any training in four of the five fields the government has ...

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VET workforce knows its gaps

To assist industry with workforce development plans, vocational educators need to get their own house in order, writes John Mitchell. The recent reports by Skills Australia and the Productivity Commission acknowledged the role of VET in assisting industries with workforce ...

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Report “portrays” VET as system in crisis

Why qualifications matter for TAFE teachers, and why the Productivity Commission got it wrongSkills Australia released its roadmap for vocational education and training: Skills for Australia on May 3 and the Productivity Commissioned released a Research Report from its study ...

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We are in a dumbing down ERA

There is a serious shortage of high-impact research in management studies and a one-sided focus on journal publications is to blame say Jorgen Sandberg and Mats Alvesson Never have so many worked so hard and published so much, to so ...

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Major “flaws” in regional policy analysis

Failure to consider all relevant data and the lack of detailed explanations raise concerns about the Grattan Institute’s conclusions writes Ian Goulter T he Grattan Institute is proposing a radical change in how Australia invests in regional development and higher ...

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Performance Funding

Universities were not providing the necessary data to satisfy the governments writes David Woodhouse. In response to Campus Review’s budget story that universities had foregone some indicator-based funding the executive director of AUQA explains why. When AUQA began operations in ...

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