Juggling priorities : Balancing economic and social drivers to address the LLN needs of students in the VET sector

Ryan, Mary E., Gwinner, Karleen, Mallan, Kerry M., & Livock, Cheryl A. (2016) Juggling priorities : Balancing economic and social drivers to address the LLN needs of students in the VET sector. International Journal of Training Research, 14(2), pp. 145-160.

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Economic success, and a commitment to the social benefits of inclusive training opportunities are important goals for public vocational education and training (VET). Currently, in Australia, VET policy is a shared responsibility between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories. Priorities for investment are juggled between: a) improving efficiency and responsiveness; and b) providing societal prosperity. Amid recent VET educational reforms and policy directives the authors of this paper undertook a pilot study examining language, literacy and numeracy support and inclusive teaching and learning practices in a Diploma of Nursing course. The data highlighted implications arising from new market driven education reforms. This article reports on identified factors that influenced inclusive learning opportunities, noticeably associated with two recent policy developments: the release of the FSK Foundation Skills Training Package (IBSA 2014); and the Queensland's Higher Skills Program Policy 2014-15.

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ID Code: 94422
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Language literacy and numeracy, VET, vocation education and training, nursing, contestable markets, social prosperity, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/14480220.2016.1200241
ISSN: 1448-0220
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 06 Apr 2016 05:09
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2016 08:49

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