Dumbing it down : where do standards fit?

Alderman, Lyn (2004) Dumbing it down : where do standards fit? International Journal of Learning, 11, pp. 1007-1012.

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In Australia, Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs are delivered in a variety of settings. You can be enrolled within a course in a high school, at a technical institution, private training provider or at your place of employment. Recognition of prior learning, on the job training and industry partnerships are strong factors supporting the change of delivery. The curriculum content within these programs has also changed. For example within the Business Services programs, the prerequisite and corequisite skill of touch keyboarding to an Australian Standard has moved from a core requirement in the 1990’s to an elective requirement in the 2000’s. Where a base skill becomes an elective skill, how does this effect the performance and outcomes for the learner, educator, employer and society as a whole? This paper will explore these issues and investigate the current position of standards within the VET curriculum today.

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ID Code: 54600
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: vocational education and training, touch keyboarding, touch typing, computer literacy, standards, curriculum development, information and communication technology
ISSN: 1447-9494
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Deposited On: 07 Nov 2012 00:45
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2016 02:34

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