Vocational education and training in schools : career advisers' perceptions and practices

Dalley-Trim, Leanne, Alloway, Nola, Patterson, Annette J., & Walker, Karen (2007) Vocational education and training in schools : career advisers' perceptions and practices. Australian Journal of Career Development, 16(1), pp. 28-36.

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This paper explores the currently highly topical issue of Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS). Specifically, it focuses upon career advisers' perceptions of VETiS, their advising practices as pertaining to this program and their views of others' perceptions of VETiS. It draws upon a national research project and data derived from interviews conducted with career advisers during the course of the project. The paper demonstrates that career advisers perceive VETiS in a favorable light on the whole, and they advocate the practice of advising all students to do VETiS if students desire to do so. That said, the paper goes on to highlight tensions apparent in the career advisers' perceptions of, and subsequent advice-giving practices regarding VETiS - particularly in terms of the potential benefits it affords all students. It becomes clear that careers advisers have different agendas for advising different students - academic and non-academic students - to undertake VETiS as a course of study. Finally, the paper demonstrates the ways in which career advisers become complicit in the marginalisation of VETiS programs and the status of VET.

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ID Code: 47601
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Vocational Education and Training in Schools, Vocational Education, Career Advising, Training
ISSN: 1038-4162
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy (130213)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australian Council for Educational Research
Copyright Statement: Not to be reproduced in any form or by any means without the permission of the publishers.
Deposited On: 19 Jan 2012 22:01
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2012 08:04

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