30 years on from Kangan: an analysis of the current policy position of TAFE Queensland

McMillan, Gregory Neil (2007) 30 years on from Kangan: an analysis of the current policy position of TAFE Queensland. Professional Doctorate thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Within Australia, Vocational Education and Training (VET) encompasses the

Technical and Further Education (TAFE) sector, private providers, community

education and training, and work-based training. Additionally, some VET activities

are embedded within the secondary school and university sectors. As the major

provider of Government-funded vocational education and training, TAFE has

undergone significant change since its establishment in the 1970's. Historically,

TAFE has provided broader education and social opportunities for individuals

beyond a narrower focus on the achievement of training outcomes for economic

benefits. However, shifts in policy direction in 1980's and 1990's have seen the

delineation between broader education and economic outcomes becoming less

distinct. While this is perhaps true of all education sectors, it has potentially

impacted more on TAFE than any other sector. This thesis investigated these

impacts within the context of TAFE's social service and economic utility roles. This

was undertaken by analysing seven seminal Commonwealth and Queensland

documents and by analysing the findings of interviews with six senior executives

within Queensland's Department of Employment and Training and TAFE. The key

findings of this thesis indicate that TAFE Queensland continues to perform a number

of functions or activities that can be associated with a social service role. However,

the findings also indicate that, for TAFE Queensland, there has been a shift towards

an economic utility role. Since the Kangan Report (1974), TAFE's role has become

more focussed on meeting Queensland's economic and industry needs within a broad

view that Australia needs a flexible workforce, qualified to industry standards of

competence and able to compete in a globalised world.

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ID Code: 16569
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Supervisor: Ehrich, Lisa, Cranston, Neil, & Keefe, Mary
Keywords: Australia, policy, vocational education and training, TAFE, social service and economic utility roles, globalisation, economic rationalism, managerialism, human capital theory, case study, content analysis, constant comparative method.
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Department: Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Gregory Neil McMillan
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 04:06
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:17

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