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Conference Archives 2015


AVETRA 18th Annual Conference Melbourne – Victoria 

“Walking the Tightrope: the Implications of Markets for VET Research, Policy and Practice”

8th – 10th April  2015

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Programme 2015

Abstract 1®

Expanding apprentice responsibility in the assessment process: the competency progression challenge
Berwyn Clayton, Hugh Guthrie
Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia



Abstract 2®

Enterprise RTOs in Australia: An overview from research data
Erica Smith, Andy Smith, Arlene Walker, Beth Costa
1. Federation University Australia, Ballarat, VIC, Australia
2. Federation University Australia, Ballarat, VIC, Australia
3. Deakin University, Geelong, VIC, Australia



Abstract 3®

Engaging the Digital Learner Marketplace – Supporting Innovation in VET with #ILeP
Leo Gregorc
VET Development Centre Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Abstract 4®

Workers informing the CET market!
Raymond Smith
Griffith University, Mt Gravatt, QLD, Australia

Abstract 5®

Funding, participation and quality in VET
Gerald Burke
Monash University, Glen Waverley, VIC, Australia


Abstract 6®

Different forms of assessment in Swedish apprenticeship education
Ingrid Berglund
University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Abstract 7®

Learning & Development for Freelancers in Singapore’s Creative Industries – the Problem of Two Markets
Ms Sahara Sadik, Dr Helen Bound
Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore


Abstract 8®

Positioning tertiary students as interdependent learners
Stephen Billett
Griffith University, Brisbane QLD, Australia

Abstract 9®

Challenging educator expertise: Curriculum work in Neoliberal VET
Steven Hodge
Griffith University, Mt Gravatt, QLD, Australia

Abstract 10®

Sustaining the national training system: the implications of student entitlement funding approaches
Kaye Bowman, Suzy McKenna
Kaye Bowman Consulting, St Peters, SA, Australia

Abstract 11®

The development of skills for sustainability for Australian apprentices and trainees during the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
Mike Brown, Fabian Sack
1. Latrobe University, Bundoora, VIC, Australia
2. Sustainably, Sydney, NSW, Australia


Abstract 12®

Meeting client demand for health service providers: a service design approach
David McLean
Monash University, Sunbury, VIC, Australia


Abstract 13®

From Fleming to Productivity Commission: Is the market forcing VET teacher standing to walk the tightrope?
Roger Harris
University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, SA, Australia


Abstract 14®

Cald Oten Student Cohorts and Completions
Nicole Zabbal
OTEN, Strathfield, NSW, Australia

Abstract 15®

Don’t blame Dawkins, Kangan laid the foundation for VET markets
Don Zoellner
Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, NT, Australia


Abstract 16®

Practice focused learning: A study of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship work-based learning in a New Zealand context
James J Cannan
Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand


Abstract 17®

Work based learning: A flux for learners through the Australian qualification framework
Shayne D Baker OAM, Malcolm Cathcart, Neil Peach
1. Work based learning, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD,Australia
2. Institute of Work-based Learning, Middlesex University, London, England



Abstract 18®

From competency to graduate profiles: New Zealand’s shift towards a relational approach
Selena Chan
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Christchurch, New Zealand



Abstract 19®

Uncovering an evolving TAFE NSW higher education pedagogical practice
Rosalind Carter, Carmel Ellis-Gulli
TAFE NSW, TAFE NSW Higher Education, Sydney, NSW, Australia


Abstract 20®

What would Kangan think of us now? The fate of the ‘E’ in VET
Pamela Osmund
University of Technology Sydney, Balmain, NSW, Australia

Abstract 21®

Operational compliance within New Zealand automotive workshops
Niranjan Singh
Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, NZ, New Zealand



Abstract 22®

Publication in VET: Expectations of editorial process and governance
Stephen Billett
Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Abstract 23®

Facilitating knowledge transfer in the workplace
Llandis Barratt-Pugh
Edith Cowan University – Joondalup Campus, Claremont, WA, Australia



Abstract 24®

Negotiating ‘Funny Numbers’: Numeracy practices of the neoliberal workplace
Keiko Yasukawa, Stephen Black
University of Technology Sydney, Broadway, NSW, Australia

Abstract 25®

Staying the course: Factors affecting retention and completion in the VET classroom
Ivano Buoro
Faculty of Work and Study Pathways, Sydney TAFE, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Symposium 1 – Vocational learning in schools: Past, present and future


Paper 1®
Technical schooling: A historical perspective
John Polesel
Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Paper 2®

Preparing young people for occupations: Current policy trends in VET schools
Kira Clarke
Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Paper 3®

Innovative partnerships for VET in schools: the impact of business partners
Gosia Klatt, John Polesel
University of Melbourne, Carlton, VIC, Australia

Symposium 2 – The strategic, operational and academic issues presented for the establishment of a comprehensive CQ University. Australia within the context of TAFE reform in Queensland and the transition to a contestable funding market

Paper 1®
The Strategic
Greg McMillan
Division of Industry, Vocational Training and Access Education, CQUniversity, Rockhampton, QLD, Australia


Paper 2®

The Operational
Lisa J Curtis
Division Industry, Vocational Training and Access Education, CQUniversity, Gladstone, QLD, Australia


Paper 3®

The Academic
Kim Harrington
Division of Industry, Vocational Training and Access Education, CQUniversity, Rockhampton, QLD, Australia



Symposium 3 – The VET Educator as Researcher

Paper 1®
What value does research and inquiry have in VET?
Linda Simon, Annette Bonnici
1. AVETRA Executive
2. The Northern Sydney Institute, TAFE, NSW, Australia

Paper 2®
The tipping point?
Francesca Beddie
Professional Associate, Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics, Universityof Canberra, ACT, Australia

Paper 3®
If only I had the time…! VET educator’s engagement in research
Berwyn Clayton
Professor Emeritus, Victoria University

Abstract 26®

Walking the tightrope: Market drivers vs. social responsibility with implications for LLN and inclusive teaching
Cheryl Livock, Mary Ryan, Kerry Mallan, Karleen Gwinner
1. TAFE QLD, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
2. School of Curriculum, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, QLD, Australia
3. Children and Youth Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, QLD, Australia


Abstract 27®

Enhancing VET quality. The risk of dumbing down the complexities of VET teaching and learning. The Swedish case.
Ingrid Loeb
Department of education and Special Education, The University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden


Abstract 28®

Industry led workforce planning and training delivery in an emerging sector.
Anthea Middleton, Roslyn Cameron, Wayne Deleforce, Nathan St John
1. Energy Skills QLD, Brisbane
2. Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia


Abstract 29®

An Exploration of Vocational Pedagogy: Types of knowledge used for teaching
Adeline Yuen Sze Goh
Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam


Abstract 30®

Making Tracks and Visioning Journeys: Understanding further education pathways among remote and very remote Indigenous communities of the Northern Territory
Donna Robbins, James Smith, Wendy Ludwig, Bronwyn Rossingh, Millie Oclay, Peta Fraser, Jamie Hagan, Lisa Watts, Matalena Tofa, Anne Lowell.
Charles Darwin University, Casuarina, NT, Australia


Abstract 31®

Public, Private or a Hardy New Mongrel?
Mary Leahy
Education Policy and Leadership, Northcote, VIC, Australia

Abstract 32®

Metal Engineering Trades in Victoria: The practitioner perspectives
Karen O’Reilly-Briggs
La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, Australia

Abstract 33®

Developing High Quality VET Researchers
Llandis Barratt Pugh
Edith Cowan University – Joondalup Campus, Claremont, WA, Australia

Abstract 34®

Competent to Care or not? VET and aged care
Cecilia Blackwell
TAFE/CEntacare, Inverell, NSW, Australia

Abstract 35®

How to Promote your Article: Profile raising and using social media
Alex Lazzari
Managing Editor, Routledge/Taylor & Francis Australasia

Abstract 36®

Quality: A contested concept in vocational education and training
Don Zoellner
Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, NT, Australia



Abstract 37®

Scholarly Publishing in an Electronic Age
Nick Melchior
Springer Science + Business Media Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore

Abstract 38®

Multiple Pathways to Improved Futures Through Cross-Sector Activity
Stuart Middleton
Manukau Institute of Technology, Manukau, NZ, New Zealand

Abstract 39®

Supporting the Learning of Sessional VET Teachers: What works?
Susanne Francisco
1. Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
2. University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Sydney, NSW, Australia

Abstract 40®

Blurring Boundaries or Heightening Tensions Between VET and University Pedagogies in Widening Participation to High-level Qualifications
Susan Webb
Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Abstract 41®

The Evolution of School-Based Vocational Education and Training in Australia – A Historical Review and Evaluation
Lori Hocking, Mike Frost
VETnetwork Australia, Netley, SA, Australia

Abstract 42®

Shedding Light on Private RTO provision of VET to Early School Leavers
George Myconos, Kira Clarke
1. Brotherhood of St Laurence, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia
2. University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Abstract 43®

Supporting Workers with their Continuing Education and Training
Assoc. Prof. Sarojni Choy
Griffith University, Brisbane, Queen, Australia

Abstract 44®

Considering Context in Purposeful Workforce Planning
Jill Hadley
University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Abstract 45®

Moderation practices in non-university settings: an international comparative analysis
Emily Pham
Holmesglen, VIC, Australia

Abstract 46®

Investigating Attitudes towards Conducting Practical Social and Industrial Research among VET Practitioners in Hong Kong: Analysis and policy implications
Stella Sin Tung Kwok, Benjamin Tak Yuen TY Chan1
Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong

Abstract 47®

Towards a Comprehensive Account of Adult Learning and Development
Stephen Billett
Griffith University, Brisbane, Queen, Australia

Abstract 48®

Trainee Feedback: How we learn from our trainees
Rachel Cowling
AFL SportsReady, Abbotsford, VIC, Australia

Abstract 49®

Mapping VET Sector Capacity for Australia’s Gas Industry
Roslyn Cameron
Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia

Abstract 50®

The Training and Employment Challenge of Remote Communities: Is collaboration the solution?
John Guenther, Eva McRae-Williams
Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Darwin