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Title: Implementing VET in New South Wales government schools: Investigating implementers' expectations and perspectives
Contributor(s): Smyth, Robyn  (author)
Publication Date: 2003
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Abstract: This paper discusses how the management of educational change can be affected by the fundamental beliefs about the formation and communication of knowledge that stakeholders bring to the process of implementing change. A curriculum change designed to embed vocational education into the senior years of secondary schooling was investigated from the perspective of the teachers, principals and consultants (the implementers) whose task it was to implement policy derived from the Australian National Training Agenda. The practitioners' impressions were sought regarding a range of matters including their expectations, experiences and perceptions of management strategies supporting their work. Using a qualitative approach that included a purposefully designed questionnaire, the study gathered data from structured and unstructured questions and post-script interviews. The data from the study indicated that continuation of the initiative was uncertain in many sites, despite its popularity with students and teachers. The most prominent criticisms related to resources and staff development. Respondents reported inadequate access to, or provision of, industry standard equipment and facilities, ongoing professional development for teachers and financial support. The belief systems of administrators did appear to influence the management strategies that underpinned implementation. Judged against current theorising, these strategies were not as efficacious as they might have been.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Training Research, 1(2), p. 62-85
Publisher: Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA)
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1448-0220
Field of Research (FOR): 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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