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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|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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