Conference Archives 1999
1999 AVETRA Conference
Quality and diversity in VET research
11-12 February 1999
Storey Hall, RMIT,Melbourne, Victoria
The 1999 AVETRA conference was held on 11 and 12 February 1999 at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s Storey Hall, Swanston Street, in the heart of Melbourne.
The conference provided an opportunity to engage with and reflect on the diversity of research conducted in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
It aimed to reflect on the nature and character of VET research conducted by a diverse range of researchers.
The conference sought to map and describe research conducted by universities, TAFE Institutes, other VET providers, Industry Training Advisory Bodies (ITABs), private consultants, unions and teachers, trainers and students to examine the implications of such diversity on:
- research training
- research funding policy
- research quality and quality of outcomes
- research as a means of informing policy and practice.
In particular, papers addressed the following questions:
- What constitutes quality research?
- In what ways can the value, usefulness and utility of research be established?
- In what ways can research, and especially VET research, contribute to the generation of new
- knowledge and theory?
- In what ways can research contribute to broadening the VET policy agenda?
- In what ways can research meet the diverse needs of research clients?
- In what ways can research develop collaborative structures to support the multiple interests of researchers?
ABSTRACTS & PAPERS
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Advancing VET Research: Dilemmas and Directions
Membership Forum AVETRA 1999
Abstracts and Papers
An analysis of ways in which VET teacher training, recognition and ongoing performance appraisal can benchmark against related industry training standards
Victor Boulos and Jeannette Roberts
The “Third Way” of integrating equity perspectives into VET: What do you expect?
Learning on the job: Researching workplace restructuring
‘Don’t be too polite, girls!’ A report on a critical literature review of women, work and VET
The relationship between academics and other practitioners in VET
Key VET issues for research in regional Australia
The use of self-access materials in vocational education and training
Capability and vocational education and training
Quality and diversity in higher education: A South African perspective
Centring VET research: Exploring the role of research centres in quality and diversity
What difference does a research centre make?
If our current VET agenda is the answer, what is the problem?
The professional status of teacher and tutors, including permanency and career paths
Seeking the geek girls: Exploring women’s and girls’ perceptions of information technology
Michele Simons, Roger Harris
Quality vocational education and training: What role does staff development play?
New management practices and enterprise training
Research as a means of informing policy and practice
Lifelong learning: A national policy research network on post-compulsory education and training
Regine Wegner and Merilyn Childs
A Town Like Alice: Work-based degrees as social, community and organisational research
Regine Wegner, Merilyn Childs, Peter Waterhouse and Robyn Sefton
Workshop on research methods in VET
Betty Weiler and Alice Crabtree
Ecotour guide performance: Findings and implications of a study assessing workplace competence
Karen Whittingham and Ian Forsyth
Emerging technology enterprises from prototype to practice: Research on training needs