Post-compulsory education in Australia is sharply polarised around a binary of university education and ‘vocational education and training’ (VET) offered by public colleges of technical and further education (TAFEs) and a number of smaller private institutes. In the heyday of TAFE provision – 1970s – these colleges fulfilled an explicit social mandate. However, reforms in the decades since have eroded this mandate. The seminar examines factors in this trajectory including the advent of competency-based training as a system-wide curriculum model, the doctrine of ‘industry leadership’ and the concept of ‘national skills formation’.
About the Speaker
Dr. Steven Hodge
Dr. Hodge is a curriculum researcher based a Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. He has special interests in vocational education and the ways occupational expertise is represented in curriculum.