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

Dalley-Trim, Leanne, Alloway, Nola, Patterson, Annette, and Walker, Karen (2007) Vocational education and training in schools: career advisers' perceptions and advising 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 favourable light on the whole, and that 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 career 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.

Item ID: 2247
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1038-4162
Keywords: vocational education; VETiS; secondary schools; careers; career counselling; career advisers
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2009 00:07
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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