Successful outcomes in vocational education and training courses and mathematics: how pedagogy and expectations influence achievement

Ewing, Bronwyn F., Sarra, Grace, Cooper, Thomas J., & Matthews, Chris (2014) Successful outcomes in vocational education and training courses and mathematics: how pedagogy and expectations influence achievement. In Kapplinger, Bernd, Lichte, Nina, Haberzeth, Erik, & Kulmus, Claudia (Eds.) Changing Configurations in Adult Education in Transitional Times International Perspectives in Different Countries. European Society for Research on the Education of Adults, Berlin, pp. 307-327.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a four year Australian Research Council funded Linkage Project titled Skilling Indigenous Queensland, conducted in regional areas of Queensland, Australia from 2009 to 2013. The project sought to investigate Vocational Education and Training (VET) and teaching, Indigenous learners’ needs, employer culture and expectations and community culture and expectations to identify best practice in numeracy teaching for Indigenous VET learners. Specifically it focused on ways to enhance the teaching and learning of courses and the associated mathematics in such courses to benefit learners and increase their future opportunities of employment. To date thirty - nine teachers/trainers/teacher aides and two hundred and thirty - one students consented to participate in the project. Nine VET courses offered in schools and Technical and Further Education Institutes (TAFE) were nominated to be the focus on the study. This paper focuses on student questionnaire responses and interview responses from teachers/trainers one high school principal and five students as a result of these processes, the findings indicated that VET course teachers work hard to adopt contextualising strategies to their teaching; however this process is not always straight forward because of the perceptions of how mathematics has been taught and learned by trainers and teachers. Further teachers, trainers and students have high expectations of one another with the view to successful outcomes from the courses.

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ID Code: 69795
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: adult learners, mathematics pedagogy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, mathematics curriculum, high expectations
ISBN: 9783860042977
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Technical Further and Workplace Education (130108)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (130301)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2014 22:20
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 15:00

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