AVETRA 15th Annual Conference
The Value and Voice of VET Research for individuals, industry,community and the nation
Thursday, 12 – Friday, 13 April 2012
Rydges Capital Hill, ACT 

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Programme 2012
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Papers and Powerpoint Presentations 2012

Key Note Presentations

Aligning Tertiary Education with the Demand for Skills and Qualifications in a Changing World
Robin Shreeve, CEO, Skills Australia
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Towards a Responsive TVET Research Agenda for the 21st Century: Time for Doing Different Things Differently!
Dr Salim Akoojee, Hon. Associate Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa) Research and Development: merSETA
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VET Research for Industry
Dr Tom Karmel, Managing Director, National Centre for Vocational Education Research
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Bringing Practice Back In:How Practice Shapes Constructions of Knowledge in Vocational Education
Professor Ann-Marie Bathmaker, Professor of Further Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of the West of England, Bristol,UK
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Concurrent Session Presentations

Abstract 1®

Juggling Professional Identities: Perspectives of a Developing Researcher in a study on Sessional VET Practioners
Natalie Jacques¹, Susanne Bahn²,
¹Central Institute of Technology, WA
²Faculty of Business and Law, Edith Cowen University, WA
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Abstract 2®
The Role and VET and VCAL in the Field of Music/Music Industry Education
Rohan Nethsinghe,
Monash university, Clayton

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Abstract 3®

The National Custodian: How Interest Groups and Academics Combine to Restrict Access of Working People to Qualifications
Erica Smith,
University of Ballarat, VIC
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Abstract 5®

Maori Learners in Workplace Settings-Pathways to Success
Jenny Connor1, Bruce Horsley2, Loretta Garrow2, Martin Draper3, Nicky Murray4, Verna Naio4,
Cain Kerehoma5, Patrick Hape5
1Industry Training Federation
2Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation
3Electrotechnology Industry Training Organisation
4NZ Motor Industry Training Organisation
5Kahui Tautoko Consulting
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Abstract 6®

In the Frontline – The Voice of Veteran Teachers
Jennifer Davids,
Southbank Institute of TAFE

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Abstract 7®

Managing Apprentices and Managing PHD Students: Current Concerns and Transferable Tips
Erica Smith,
University of Ballarat, VIC
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Abstract 8®

Generic Skills Assessment: Development and Validation of an Instrument for Apprentices in the Traditional Trades
Joe Pagnoccolo,
Swinburne University, Hawthorne, VIC
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Abstract 9®

Pragmatic Leadership: National Principles, Local Practices
Tom Short,
University of South Australia, Adelaide

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Abstract 10®

First Year Apprentices’ Experiences of Workplace Learning
Selena Chan,
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, NZ

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Abstract 14®

Continuing Education and Training: Learning Preferences of Worker-Learners to Remain Competent in their Current Jobs
S. Choy, S Billett, A Kelly,
Griffith University, Brisbane

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Abstract 15®

The “Voice” of VET Teachers: Teacher Dilemmas and its Implications on Students, Teachers and VET Institutions
Sonal Nakar,
Queensland University of Technology, QLD
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Abstract 16
African Refugees: Improving Employment Outcomes Through Training and Work Placements

Ibrahim Diab,
Victoria University and NCVER
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Abstract 17®

Skills Recognition in the Australian Rail Industry: Opportunities and Challenges
Dr Anne Morrison1, Dr Lisa Davies, Dr Ros Cameron2, Katie Maher1
1University of South Australia
2Central Queensland University
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Abstract 18®

Cutting Corners: How Pre-site Construction Induction Training Improves Work Safety but Illuminates the Issues of Online Certification.
Dr Llandis Barratt-Pugh and Dr Susanne Bahn
Centre for Innovative Practice – School of Management – Edith Cowan University
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Abstract 19
This is it Folks, Over the Top! How do we Lead from the Frontline in the Changing VET Environment? What Skills and Capabilities do our Frontline VET Educational Leaders Require?
Linda Simon,Annette Bonnici
TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute
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Abstract 20®

Pathways: Following the Highway, Taking the Scenic Route or Journeying Through the Dreaming
Eva McRae-Williams1, John Guenther2
1CRC – Remote Economic Participation / Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
2CRC-Remote Economic Participation / Flinders University, School of Education
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Abstract 21
Learner Pathways: Meeting the Higher Skills and Qualifications
Allison Miller
Higher Qualification Pathways Business Manager
National VET E-learning Strategy,
Adelaide, SA
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Abstract 22
In Search of the Missing Link in VET Delivery
Homi Azemikah
University of Adelaide, SA
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Abstract 24®

Eclectic Aproaches by Worker-Learners to Authentic Work Based Learning and Assessment
Hilary Timma
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
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Abstract 25®

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200 – The Priority Given to Vocational Education and Training Research and Policy
Don Zoellner – Charles Darwin University, NT
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Abstract 26®

Navigating Change in a Public Agency
Carmel Ellis-Gulli, Rosalind Carter,
NSW Adult Migrant English Service, Sydney,
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Abstract 27®

Practice Based Research and Critical Pedagogy – Rethinking Teacher Education for Vocational Educators
Helen Anderson, Lisa Maurice-Takerei,
Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, NZ
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Abstract 28®

If You Want to do this Job, You do it the Same as them: Recognition of the Skills and Knowledge of Culturally Diverse Workers in the Australian Rail Industry
Katie Maher
University of South Australia
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Abstract 29®

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Plumbing and Gas-Fitting Pre-Trade Programmes in New Zealand
Anthony Wareham
Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, NZ

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Abstract 30
Making the Links Between Quality Training, Graduate Destinations and Building Alumni in Tafe
Kate Dempsey
Victorian TAFE International
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Abstract 31
Connecting Education and Work: Vocational Streams and the Capabilities Approach
Mary Leahy

LH Martin Institute, The University of Melbourne, VIC
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Abstract 33
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Apprenticeship Pedagogies in a Tasmanian Registered Training Organisation: What do Teachers say?
Rod Mason
Skills Institute, Hobart, Tasmania,
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Abstract 34
Using the ‘Transition Systems’ Literature to Understand the Position of VET in Australia
Leesa Wheelahan1, Gavin Moodie2,John Buchanan3
1LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne
2RMIT
3Workplace Research Centre, University of Sydney
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 Abstract 35®

An Association for VET’s Professionals: What’s the Story?
Hugh Guthrie, Berwyn Clayton
Victoria University, VIC,
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Abstract 37
The Impact of VET in Schools on Apprenticeship and Traineeship Completion?
Sinan Gemici
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)

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Abstract 38
Developing Scholarly Practice among VET Practitioners: The Community of Practice Model
Bridget Wibrow, Georgina Atkinson,
National Centre for Vocational Education Research
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Abstract 39
Lifting the Lid on Completion Rates
Alice Bednarz
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
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Abstract 40®

A Case Study Exploring the Experiences of Teachers in Developing Confidence in their Teaching Skills and the Role that Continuing Professional Development has Played in the Acquisition of this Confidence. What has Worked for Them and Wwhy?
Jennifer Aitken,
Advance TAFE, East Gippsland, VIC
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Abstract 42
Your the Voice: Make it Clear, Make it Understood?
Anna Payton
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
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Abstract 43
Towards a Culture of Scholarly Practice in Mixed Sector Institutions
Melanie Williams1, Fleur Goulding2, Terri Seddon3,
1timeFUTURE Consulting
2Holmesglen
3Monash University
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Abstract 45®

Observations of the Industry-VET Relationship: From the Perspective of a New Researcher
Karen O’Reilly-Briggs,
La Trobe University
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Abstract 46®

Harnessing Community Voices to Create Educational Opportunity
Barbara Cram1, Leanne Atkinson2, Rachel Jones3, Anthony Mayne3
1University of Canberra, ACT
2Merge Consulting, Tathra, NSW
3South Coast Workplace Learning, Bega and Moruya, NSW
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 Abstract 47
A Quality VET Teaching and Learning Framework for Community Colleges
Ruth Walker
Cooperative Learning Ltd, NSW
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Abstract 48®

Skills Shortages and Industry Renewal: Rethinking Work and Occupational Knowledge when Recognising Prior Learning
Sue Shore1, Victoria Whitington2, Carol Thompson3
1Charles Darwin University
2University of South Australia
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Abstract 50®

Conceiving Higher VET :Fault Lines, Potential and Feminising the AQF.
David McLean
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, VIC
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Abstract 51®

New HSC Spawns New VET: True or False?
Paul Rodney
University of Melbourne, VIC

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Abstract 52®

Developing Green Skills through a Regional TAFE Institute
Mike Brown
La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC

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Abstract 54
Australian VET Teacher Training in the Current National Context: An Appraisal of its Quality?
Peter Jansen1, Jennifer Archer2, Donald Adams2
1Hunter Institute Newcastle, NSW
2University of Newcastle Callaghan, NSW
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Abstract 56®

Understandings of Leadership in Australian Private VET: Educational Leadership – Missing in Action or just Hiding?
Roger Harris, Michele Simons
University of South Australia, Adelaide

Abstract 58®

Student Movement: Pathways, Fields and Links to Work
Nick Fredman
LH Martin Institute,
University of Melbourne, VIC
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Abstract 59®

Can m- and e-learning Support Pathways for Meaningful Vocation in Remote Communities?
John Guenther1, Eva McRae-Williams2, Philip Townsend3
1Flinders University/CRC-Remote Economic Participation
2Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education/CRC-Remote Economic Participation
3 Flinders University
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Abstract 61®

Promises and Expectations Between Apprentices, Trainees and their Employers
Ros Brennan Kemmis AM,Sharon Ahern ,Diane Middleton
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW
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Abstract 62
Developing Green Skills through TAFE Across Victoria
Mike Brown
La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC

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Abstract 64
Identifying VET Teacher Knowledge and Skills at Higher AQF Levels
Steven Hodge1, Roslin Brennan Kemmis2, Jillian Downing3, Michele Simons4
1Deakin University, Geelong, VIC
2Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW
3University of Tasmania, Hobart,TAS
4University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
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Abstract 65®

Explicating Forms of Negotiation Through Personal Work and Learning Practice
Raymond Smith
Griffith University, NSW
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Abstract 66
Using Workplace Learning Theory to Understand the Experiences of Novice Teachers: A Contribution to Tertiary Sector Research
Steven Hodge, Lauri Grace
Deakin University, Geelong, VIC
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Abstract 67

Abstract 68®

Guaranteeing What in a Contestable Training Market?
John Pardy
Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Monash University
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Abstract 69 
Exploring Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) as a Tool for Investigating Workers’ Literacy and Numeracy Practices
Stephen Black, Tony Brown, Keiko Yasukawa
University of Technology, Sydney, NSW
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Abstract 71
The Role of VET in the Employment and Mobility Trajectories of Immigrant-Born Early Childhood Education and Care Workers
Alicia Boyle1, Kate Golebiowska2
1Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts and the Social Partnerships in Lifelong Learing Research Centre, Charles Sturt Darwin University, Darwin, NT
2The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT
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Abstract 72 
The Intercultural Approach to VET Teaching and Learning
Ly Thi Tran
School of Education, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC
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Abstract 73 
Investing in Worker Learing: The Facilitative Learning Role of a Line Manager
Rosalind Carter
University of Technology, Sydney, NSW
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Abstract 74 
Modeling of Vocational Excellence Take Two: A Global Perspective
Helen Smith1, Mohammad Ali Rahmi2
1RMIT, Melbourne, VIC
2Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC
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Abstract 75®

An Old Chestnut Revisited: Teachers’ Opinions and Attitudes Toward Grading Within a Competency Based Training Framework.
James Richards,
William Angliss Institute
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Abstract 77
The Notion of Quality
Wes Davis, Lyn Rickard
TAFE NSW- New England Institute
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Abstract 78®

Learner Voice in VET & ACE: What do Stakeholders Say?
Barry Golding1, Lawrie Angus1, Annette Foley1, Peter Lavender2
1University of Ballarat
2NIACE, England, Ballarat
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Abstract 79
Professional Development Using Informal Learning Networks: An Empirical Study in Australia’s Digital Content Industry
Joe Campana
Queensland University of Technology(QUT)
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Abstract 80
Vocational Education: Standing and Clarification of Key Objectives
Stephen Billett
Griffith University, NSW
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