Learning occupations through practice

From the findings of the Australian Research Council funded Future Fellowship project entitled ‘Enhancing practice-based learning experiences: towards a curriculum, pedagogic and epistemology of practice’ a handout resource was developed to capture the key concepts, rationale for and considerations of practice curriculum, pedagogies and epistemologies.

This handout is available below in English, French, Chinese and Portuguese

Integrating students experiences across work and educational settings

From the Australian Learning and Teaching Council awarded national teaching fellowship entitled: integrating practice-based experiences, a handout was developed that provides guidelines for how these experiences might be organised and enacted in tertiary education institutions.

This handout is available below.

Augmenting Students’ Learning for Employability Through Post-Practicum Educational Processes

This project investigated and trialled a range of approaches to enhance higher education students’ employability through post-practicum interventions. That is, utilising and integrating their workplace experiences in ways directed to achieving specific educational outcomes associated with graduate employability. Identified across two
phases of projects, the first 14 in healthcare and the second 28 in other disciplines were ways that post-practicum interventions could be used to achieve specific educational outcomes. A range of considerations for planning and enacting such interventions were also identified.

The handouts for this project include (i) project summary, (ii) final report, and (ii) rounds 1 and 2 project reports.

Enhancing the status of vocational education

Globally, there are concerns in both the developed and developing world that status of vocational education is relatively low, when compared with other educational sectors. This has a significant impact upon parents and young people’s participation in it, and how governments fund and organize it, and also community support for it.

Consequently, enhancing the status of vocational education is a worthwhile goal to ensure that this important educational sector can realize its potential and provide students with effective education, workplaces with the kinds and quantum of skilled workers, and countries with the skill base that they desire.

Below are some resources from two projects intended to inform about how to enhance the standing of vocational education.

UNESCO–UNEVOC Virtual conference

In July 2018, UNESCO–UNEVOC organised a virtual conference that involved over 400 participants from over 80 countries. The responses from participants were synthesized and published in the attached: i) brief overview and ii) final report from UNESCO.

A brief overview of this virtual conference can be found here

A copy of the final UNESCO report can be found here

Enhancing the status of vocational education: the Queensland study

Across 2018 and 2019, a study funded through the Education Horizon scheme of the states schooling system – Education Queensland – interviewed and surveyed school age students, parents and teachers, as well as students and teachers from vocational education to ascertain how vocational education can be seen as being worthwhile and legitimate post school pathway.

A research bulletin over viewing the project and its key findings can be found here

A listing of strategies that can be implemented by governments, schooling systems, vocational education system and industry to enhance the standing of vocational education can be found here.