Secondary school students' perceptions of, and the factors influencing their decision making in relation to, VET in schools

Dalley-Trim, Leanne , Alloway, Nola , and Walker, Karen (2008) Secondary school students' perceptions of, and the factors influencing their decision making in relation to, VET in schools. Australian Educational Researcher, 35 (2). pp. 55-69.

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Abstract

This paper addresses the issue of Vocational Education and Training in Schools – an issue that has recently attracted significant political attention particularly in light of current national skills shortage in Australia. Specifically, it investigates secondary school students' perceptions of VET in Schools [VETiS]. It also explores the factors influencing their decision-making in relation to VETiS – that is, why one might choose, or choose not, to enrol in a VETiS course of study. In view of the findings presented, the paper argues that VET, and more particularly VETiS, is experiencing an "image problem" – one underscored by the need for curriculum design and delivery reform – and suggests that there is much work still to be done on the VET agenda.

Item ID: 5879
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: vocational education and training; VET; VET in schools; aspirations; careers; secondary education; VETiS
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ISSN: 0311-6999
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2010 05:32
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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