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For the last 20 years or so, Voc. Ed. & Training policy has been driven by advice from commentators using flawed evidence bases. None have grasped the scale of need for educationist input to the process, nor understood the full effects of not doing that.The current VET policies assume that an evidence-base was established before implementation. That is not the case.
It was simply business rhetoric, with no good, vocational education evidence, that was the starting point for the current Voc. Ed. & Training System in Australia. If a new business started that way, the business and corporate sector would be aghast. Yet, the current Voc. Ed. & Training System is “industry-led”.
The current Voc. Ed. & Training policies are based on flawed assumptions made at the very beginning of inception. A thought bubble supported by spin doctoring and free market speak.
The only way to retrieve what is left of an ailing and abused Voc. Ed. & Training System is to seek good evidence, rather than political and corporate/business spin-doctoring and individuals’ subjective opinions, particularly those who have a clear conflict of interest – such as making a profit from VET public funds – our taxes!
Parliamentarians’ Professional Development: The Need for Reform, Editors:Lewis, Colleen, Coghill, Ken (Eds.), © 2016
Most parliamentarians are not educationists. They presumably use their individual experiences of education and training, good or bad, and/or the advice of self promoting captains of industry who think they understand Voc. Ed. & Training because they have achieved being awarded a Certificate IV in Assessment and Training, the lowest level associated with education and training and not recognised as a teaching qualification by education unions.
The book referenced above addresses the education and training of Members of Parliament (MPs) – http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319241791 – It examines existing training programs offered in various countries around the world, evaluates their strengths and weaknesses and makes recommendations for a new approach, which aligns the professional development of MPs to 21st century requirements.
Contributors address the role of parliamentarians, how to prepare them for their multi-faceted functions, the importance of ethics in any program, the requirement for more sophisticated adult learning approaches, human resource implications and the need to reform existing education and training models. The book applies to the fields of political science, adult education and human resource management, as well as to parliamentarians interested in enhancing their skills so as to perform more efficiently and effectively.
To be continued: Issue Two