AVETRA 14th Annual Conference
Research in VET: Janus- Reflecting Back, Projecting Forward
Thursday, 28 – Friday, 29 April 2011
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, VIC

 

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Programme 2011
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Papers and Powerpoint Presentations 2011

Keynote Presentations:

VET RESEARCH THROUGH THE REAR VISION MIRROR: WHAT HAPPENED WHEN ORPHEUS LOOKED BACK?
Professor Roger Harris, University of South Australia, Adelaide
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THE ROLE OF THE MARKET IN TRANSFORMING TRAINING AND KNOWLEDGE TO SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE
Dr John Rice, NCVER, SA
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SKILLS, JOBS, PRODUCTIVITY, GROWTH: AN ASIAN PERSPECTIVE ON THE RESEARCH AND POLICY AGENDA
Dr Gary Willmott OAM, Visiting Research Fellow and former Executive Director, Institute for Adult Learning Singapore, Singapore
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WHAT, ONLY TWO HEADS? THE HYDRA OF VET RESEARCH
A/Prof Leesa Wheelahan, LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Management, University of Melbourne, VIC
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Concurrent Sessions Presentations

Abstract 2*** - VET in Higher Education: Rethought Pathways, Pedagogy or Pragmatism?
Gavin Moodie¹, Leesa Wheelahan², Emma Curtin³, Sophia Arkoudis², Emmaline Bexley²
¹RMIT, Brunswick East, VIC, Australia
²University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australia
³Australian Council for Educational Research, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 3*** - The Pathology of Imagination and Its Cure
Kenneth Meyer
NSW TAFE Wagga & Charles Stuart University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 4Investigating the Measurability of the Generic Skills of Apprentices in the Traditional Trades
Joe Pagnoccolo
Swinburne University, Hawthorn, VIC, Australia
No Paper Available

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Abstract 5A Methodological Scan of NCVER Funded REesearch 1992-2010
Roslyn Cameron
Central Queensland University, Gladstone, QLD, Australia
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Abstract 6*** - Quality Frameworks and Procedural Checklists for Mixed Methods Research
Roslyn Cameron
Central Queensland University, Gladstone, QLD, Australia
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Abstract 8Sustaining E-Tech Innovations – What Are the Success Factors for Australian Organisations?
Annie Fergusson², Victor Callan¹, Kaye Bowman³
¹University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD, Australia
²The Australian Flexible Learning Framework, Adelaide, SA, Australia
³Consultant, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 9*** - VET Assessment: A Student Perspective
Larry Smith¹, Berwyn Clayton²
¹University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia
²Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 10 - How Do We Know Our Chinese Teaching Partners are Doing A Good Job? A Project to Determine Good Practice in Supervision of Offshore TAFE Teachers and in Moderation of Courses
Kate Dempsey
Victorian TAFE International, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 11*** - Change and VET – Thinking the Unthinkable
Don Zoellner
Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, NT, Australia
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Abstract 12*** - Introducing Mandatory Training Systems: Investigating the Implementation of Compulsory Pre-Site Construction Training
Llandis Barratt-Pugh, Sue Bahn
Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA, Australia
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Abstract 13*** - Motivating Apprentice Chefs to Stay the Course: Understanding Expectations
Richard McDermott
University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 14*** - Lessons From an Evaluation of ‘TrainingPlus’: An Attempt to Bridge a Cultural Divide through a Training and Employment Initiative
John Guenther¹, Keith Castle², Nick Raymond², Karin Berschl³
¹Cat Conatus, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
²Desert Peoples Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
³Centre for Appropriate Technology, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
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Abstract 15*** - VET and VET Educators: Understanding Teacher Dilemmas in Providing Quality Educational Experience to International Students in Brisbane
Sonal Nakar
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
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Abstract 18*** - Modelling of Vocational Excellence: An International Perspective
Helen Smith¹, Mohammad Ali Rahimi²
¹RMIT, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
²Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 20*** - Management Practices and Innovation Capacity in Enterprises
Andy Smith¹, Jerry Courvisanos¹, Steve McEachern², Jackie Tuck¹
¹University of Ballarat, Ballarat, VIC, Australia
²Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia
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Abstract 21*** - Demand for Apprenticeships and Traineeships: What are the Implications for the Future?
Erica Smith¹, Tony Bush²
¹University of Ballarat, Ballarat, VIC, Australia
²Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 22*** - Janus or Clio: Narrative History and its Place in VET Research
Peter Rushbrook
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 24 - Upskilling VET Practitioners: Technical Currency or Professional Obsolescence?
Berwyn Clayton¹, Regan Harding², Mark Harris³, Melinda Toze³
¹Work-based Education Research Centre, Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
²TAFE NSW North Coast Institute, Alstonville, NSW, Australia
³QLD Department of Education and Training, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
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Abstract 25 - Engaging Volunteers in a Learning Environment
Liz Hamilton¹, Sharon Pells²
¹Fire and Rescue Services Industry Training Organisation (FRSITO), Auckland, New Zealand
²New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), Wellington, New Zealand
No Paper Available

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Abstract 26*** - Management of Knowledge in Transnational VET: Diversity of Practice in Three Transnational Models
Mohammad Ali Rahimi¹, Helen Smith²
¹Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
²RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 27 - ‘With a lLittle Help from my Friends’…The Role of Informal Support Systems and Life Skill Development in Enhancing Successful Transitions
Karin du Plessis, Tim Corney
Incolink, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 28 - Measuring the Socioeconomic Status of Young People
Patrick Lim, Sinan Gemici
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Abstract 29*** - ‘Do You Want VET With That?’ Some Implications for Lifelong and Lifewide Learning in an Era of Universal VET
Barry Golding, Annette Foley
University of Ballarat, Ballarat, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 30*** - Most Significant Change Technique to Evaluate Staff Capacity Building
Sarojni Choy
Griffith University, Mt Gravatt, QLD, Australia
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Abstract 31*** - A Systems Design Approach for Investigating Australian TAFE Design Education
Christopher Klimek, Elivio Bonollo
University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia
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Abstract 33 - Allowing the Tail to Wag the Dog: Practical Strategies for Promoting an Integrated Tertiary Education Sector
Brian Knight
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Adelaide, SA, Australia
No Paper Available

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Abstract 34*** - Getting Senior Schooling to Work: Workbased Learning in a Senior Secondary School in Hong Kong
Peter Kell¹, Rupert Maclean¹, Benjamin So¹, Susan Ha², Francisco Wong², Linnie Wong²
¹Hong Kong Institute of Education
²CCC Kung Lee College
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Abstract 35*** - Legitimising Evaluation for Vocational Learning: From Bastard Sibling to Equal Brother
John Guenther¹, Allan Arnott²
¹Cat Conatus, Ulverstone, TAS, Australia
²Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, NT, Australia
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Abstract 36 - VET Leadership: Context, Characteristics and Capabilities
Justin Brown
Australian Council for Educational Research, Camberwell, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 37 - Eat Your Words: An Investigation into Food Literacy as a Means of Stimulating an Appetite for Learning and Engagement
Helen De Campo
Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 38 - Using VETCAT and CURCAT to Re-Conceptualise and Re-Vitalise VET Work and Workers
John Mitchell¹,², John Ward², Anne Dening³, David Kempº
¹John Mitchell & Associates, Pyrmont, NSW, Australia
²JMA Analytics, Pyrmont, NSW, Australia
³TAFE SA Regional, Nuriootpa, SA, Australia
ºTAFE NSW – New England Institute, Armidale, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 39*** - Two Faces Have I – Knowledge in the “Mixed Sector” Vocational Curriculum
Chris Corbel
AMES, Alphington, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 41*** - The Psychological Contract in Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Differing Perceptions
Erica Smith¹, Arlene Walker², Ros Brennan Kemmis³
¹University of Ballarat, Ballarat, VIC, Australia
²Deakin University, VIC, Australia
³Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 42 - Toolbox for Success
Stuart Sadler, Sandra Cotton
Polytechnic West (PWA), Midland, WA, Australia
No Paper Available

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Abstract 43 - Music Mentor: The Action Research Project 2010
Ross Stagg
Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, Penrith, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 46 - Challenges, Risks, Good Practice in Offshore Delivery of VET
Sue Foster¹, Bernadette Delaney²
¹Private Consultant, Patterson Lakes, VIC, Australia
²Delaney & Associates, Kew, VIC, Australia 
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Abstract 47 - Looking Back on VET through a Class History of the Worker Education Association in Australia
Grant Banfield
University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia
No Paper Available

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Abstract 48*** - Tracking the Key Policies on Sustainability, VET and Transition to a Low Carbon Economy
Mike Brown, Damon Cartledge
La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 49*** - Teaching VET in Victorian Secondary Schools
Mike Brown
La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 50 - Storming the Walls: Re-Engaging Students in Vocational Education
Stuart Middleton
Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
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Winner of the Early Career Researcher Award - AVETRA 2011:
Abstract 52***
- A Victorian Tale of Two Texts: Skills Reform and the Multi Business Agreement
David McLean
Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 53*** - Rethinking Pathways: Comparing the Career Capital of Knowledge Workers in Australia and Singapore
Roger Harris¹, Catherine Ramos²
¹University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia
²Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore
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Abstract 54 - Multiple Views: Bridging Complacency and Action in Implementing a strategic plan in a VET Organisation
Carmel Ellis-Gulli, Rosalind Carter
TAFE NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 55 - Restor(y)ing Lives: Autobiographical Reflection and Perspective Transformation in Adults Returning to Study
Jennifer Miles
Monash University, Clayton, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 56*** - Communication is Key: An Examination of the Development of Communication Key Skills in Vocational Education in China
Zhong Hua, Ann Harris
University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Abstract 57*** - The Ignored Pedagogical Dimension in VET Delivery of the Training Packages
Homi Azemikhah
University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Abstract 60 - Scholarship as Emergent Labour: Higher Education Teachers in TAFE and the Making of Scholarship
Fleur Goulding¹,², Terri Seddon²
¹Holmesglen, VIC, Australia
²Monash University, Monash, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 61 - Managing the Training Time Bomb
Steven Hodge
Deakin University, Geelong, VIC, Australia
No Paper Available

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Winner of the Best Paper Award – AVETRA 2011:
Abstract 62***
- Beyond Deficit Approaches to Teaching and Learning: Literacy and Numeracy in VET Courses
Stephen Black, Keiko Yasukawa
University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 63*** - Navigating Contestability: VETMAP – An Institutional Response
Mark O’Rourke¹, Adetoun Alabi¹, Lyndon Shea²
¹Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
²Shea Business Consulting, Australia
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Abstract 64 - Supporting Successful Learning Pathways Using E-Portfolios and Mobile Devices
Allison Miller¹, Owen ONeill²
¹Australian Flexible Learning Framework, Adelaide, SA, Australia
²e-Works, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 65 - Scoping VET Interest in Re-Skilling Older Australians for Encore Careers: The Strengths and Weaknesses of  ‘Exploratory’ Research
Jane Figgis
AAAJ Consulting Group, Perth, WA, Australia
No Paper Available

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Abstract 66 - Paths to Promotion
Linda Simon, Annette Bonnici
TAFE Teachers Association, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Full Survey
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Abstract 67 - TDC Model- VET Practitioner Framework
Denise Stevens, Melinda Waters
TAFE Development Centre, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
No Paper Available

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Abstract 68 - The Textual Coordination of Front Line Work in VET
Lauri Grace
Deakin University, Geelong, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 69*** - Exploring the Role of Australian Trade Unions in the Education of Workers
Keiko Yasukawa, Tony Brown, Stephen Black
University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 70Improving Qualification Outcomes – Successful Socially Inclusive Teaching and Learning Strategies
Carol-Anne Blecich, Jane Kelly
TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 71 - Living and Learning in a Company Town: Social Inclusion, Sustainability and VET
Jenni Carter
University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia
No Paper Available

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Abstract 72 - Completing for Success at South Western Sydney Institute (SWSI)
Carol-Anne Blecich, Rosemary Lasaro
TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 73 - My Point of View: Using E-Learning to Improve Trades-Based Learning Experiences for Students and Their Teachers
Ruth Wallace¹, Milton Nomikoudis²
¹Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, Australia
²Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
No Paper Available

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Abstract 74*** - New Tools for Old Hands: E-Portfolios for Career and Professional Development in Remote Education Workforces
Alicia Boyle
Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, Australia
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Abstract 77 - The “Value” of Evaluating Teaching Practices for Continuous Improvement
Lydia Richards
University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia
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Abstract 78 - Perspectives on TAFE Teachers’ Professional Identity: Dualities and Dilemnas
Phoebe Palmieri
Monash University, Clayton, VIC, Australia
No Paper Available

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Abstract 79*** Technical and Vocational Education Voices for Sustainable Economies – Are We Really Listening?
Damon Cartledge
La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Abstract 80*** - Fruitful Learning Ecologies: Building Effective Partnerships
Jude Cooke, Patricia Kenny, Nola Randall-Mohk
TAFE NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 83 - Paving A Better Path: Improving Transition to University for VET Students
Janelle Davis, Janice Catterall, Dai-Fei Yang
University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
No Paper Available

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Abstract 86 - Getting Clever about Completions
Susan Roy, Lyn Rickard
TAFE NSW, New England Institute, Armidale, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 87*** - Mine! No Mine! A Critical Analysis of Cross-Sectoral Design
Barbara Cram
University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia
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Abstract 88*** - Pedagogical Practices across the Tertiary Sector: Summarising the Literature on the Pedagogical Support for Students Moving from VET into Universities
Mike Brown¹, Erin Withers², Cathy Down³, Jane Figgisº, Jacqui McManus²
¹LaTrobe University, Bundoora, VIC, Australia
²University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
³Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
ºAAAJ Consulting, Perth, WA, Australia
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Abstract 89 - New Researchers and New Research Communities: An Exploration of Strategies for the Development of Research Capability and Capacity in Continuing Education and Training in Singapore
Andrew Brown, Joyce Tan
Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore Workforce Development Agency, Singapore
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Abstract 90 - Building Career Capital: A New Lens for Understanding the Development of VET Teachers and Trainers?
Michele Simons
University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia
No Paper Available

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Abstract 91*** - The Transferability of Vocational Education and Learning from the Military Context to the Civilian Context
Tony Holland, Lisa Groves
University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Abstract 92 - Indigenous Models of Workforce Development and Training in Northern Australia
Ruth Wallace
Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, Australia
CRC National Plant Biosecurity, Darwin, NT, Australia
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Abstract 94*** - Challenges for Continuing Professional Learning: Singapore’s Trainers
Helen Bound
Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore
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Abstract 96 - AVETRA Annual Conference Papers, 1998-2009: Trends and Implications
Ian Robertson
RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
No Paper Available

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Abstract 98 - Workplace Learning Experiences of Trainees Engaged in Singapore’s Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) Training
Magdalene Lin, Helen Bound
Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore
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Abstract 100 - UQ College – Opening Up New Pathways
Gerry Corcoran
UQ College, Ipswich, QLD, Australia
No Paper Available

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Abstract 101Mobilising a Confessing Technology and Techniques in Vocational Teaching and Assessment
Andreas Fejes
Linköping University, Sweden
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Abstract 103 - Sizing -Up Offshore VET: The Data-Policy Nexus
Caitlin Harris
TVET Australia, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
No Paper Available

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Abstract 104 - The Aque Dux Project at Harvester Technical College: An Approach to Evidence Based Sustainability Curriculum Development and Applied Learning
Adela McMurray¹, Linda Mitchell²
¹RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
²Harvester Technical College, Sunshine, VIC, Australia
No Paper Available

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