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Conference Archives 2016


AVETRA 19th Annual Conference- TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney Institute

Putting VET Research To Work

20 – 22 April  2016


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Programme 2016


Collective writing of language and literacy policy, initiatives in peace building in SE Asia
Professor Joe Lo Bianco, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

Investment in VET – the past, the present and the future
Peter Noonan, The Mitchell Institute, Victoria University


Quality in the VET sector
Chris Robinson, Chief Commissioner, Australian Skills Quality Authority


Employers understanding of the role of qualifications: the search for evidence
Dr Damian Oliver, Director of the Centre of Management and Organisation Studies, UTS


Putting a stake in the ground: Quality Teaching in VET
Associate Professor Ruth Schubert, Associate Director, L.H. Martin Institute




Abstract 1®

To what extent is critical thinking affected by language demands in a level seven technical degree course?

Nick Marsden
UNITEC New Zealand, AKL, New Zealand



Abstract 2®

Learning in a new cultural context. Regional students’ voices, views and experiences

Alison Elliott , Rosemary Shanks, Penelope Skerman
Education and the Arts, CQUniversity, QLD, Australia


Abstract 3®

STEM the tide!  Will the Innovation agenda help to achieve gender equality?

Annette Bonnici1 , Linda Simon2
1. The Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW, NSW, Australia
2. Women In Adult Vocational Education, NSW, Australia


Abstract 4®

Fixing problematic apprentice systems – there is never a clean slate

Don Zoellner
Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, NT, Australia



Abstract 5®

The Australian Army and the national system of Vocational Education & Training (VET) – an historical review of collaboration

Carolyn Johnstone
Faculty of Education and Arts, Federation University Australia, VIC, Australia



Abstract 6®

What happened to our community of practice? The development of Adult Basic Education through the lens of professional practice theory

Pamela Osmond
University of Technology Sydney, NSW, Australia

Abstract 7®

The times are a changin’ – what does this mean for higher education adult educator programs?

Eryn L Thomas
University of New England, NSW, Australia


Abstract 8®

Examining the STEM conundrum: myth, crisis or something in-between?

Gitta Siekmann
NCVER, Adelaide, SA, Australia


Abstract 9®

Apprentices’ and employers’ views on full on-the-job training in the construction industry: A regional case study’
Barry Wright
Federation University Australia, VIC, Australia

Abstract 10®

Conceptions of innovation among VET staff, students and placement host Staff

Steven Hodge, Raymond Smith
Griffith University, QLD, Australia


Abstract 11®

Languages other than English in VET: What value? What future?

Ivano Buoro
Faculty of Work & Study Pathways, Sydney TAFE, NSW, Australia


Abstract 12®

A Critical Participatory Action Research Framework to Improve VET Practice

Sarojni Choy1 , Christina Hong2
1. Griffith University, QLD, Australia
2. TAFE Queensland, QLD, Australia


Abstract 13®

STEM Education: what about VET qualified early childhood educators?

Linda Pfeiffer
School of Education and the Arts, CQUniversity, QLD, Australia


Abstract 14®

Using keywords in vocational education policy analysis

Chris Corbel
Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy, University of Melbourne, VIC, Australia


Abstract 15®

Understanding applied research in the context of TAFE NSW Higher Education

Rosalind Carter, Carmel Ellis- Gulli
TAFE NSW, NSW, Australia


Abstract 16®

The media as an actor in Australia’s adult literacy and numeracy policy-making

Keiko Yasukawa
University of Technology Sydney, NSW, Australia

Abstract 17®

What is good teaching in VET? Comparing the perspectives of VET stakeholders, staff and students

Roger Harris1 , Hugh Guthrie2
1. University of South Australia, SA, Australia
2. Victoria University, VIC, Australia


Abstract 18®

Factors enabling entry into and engagement with VET for young, early school leavers. Preliminary findings

George Myconos, Luke Swain,Stephanie Yung
Brotherhood of St Laurence, VIC, Australia


Abstract 19®

Building workforce capacity in Early Childhood Education and Care. An innovative approach

Alison Elliott, Kerry Aprile, Gillian Busch, Helen Huntly
Education and the Arts, CQUniversity, QLD, Australia

Abstract 20®

Trends in VET: policy and participation over the past 20 years
Georgina Atkinson
NCVER, SA, Australia

Abstract 21®

Skills needed for the future of work: A discussion of the literature, data, and future research using LSAY

Peta Skujins

NCVER, SA, Australia


Abstract 22®

The VET FEE-HELP scandal: How afraid should we be?

Erica Smith
Federation University Australia, VIC, Australia


Abstract 23®

Unravelling the innovation paradox in VET

Melinda Waters
TAFE Directors Australia, NSW, Australia

Abstract 24®

What is the impact of an Australian study tour on Chinese Lecturers’ innovative practice?

Llandis Barratt-Pugh
Edith Cowan University – Joondalup Campus, WA, Australia


Abstract 25®

Working across the globe: implications for VET students and providers

Francesca Beddie
University of Canberra, ACT, Australia


Abstract 26®

Stream 2: Teaching and Learning in VET. Differentiating the relevance of CBT to occupations in the aviation industry: Lessons for VET?

Steven Hodge, Tim Mavin
Griffith University, QLD, Australia


Abstract 27®

Stream 3: Teaching and Learning in VET. New Breed of Customers in Industry and Consumer Engagement
Karl King
TAFE Northern Sydney Institute, NSW, Australia


Abstract 28®

Stream 4: New Directions for the VET Sector. Pioneers, not guinea pigs: The NSI experiment in higher education

Jillian Belme, David Halfpenny
TAFE Northern Sydney Institute, NSW, Australia

Abstract 29®

Stream 5: New Directions for the VET Sector. Re-visioning Kangan: a response to Don Zoellner

Martha Kinsman
Australian National University, ACT, Australia

Abstract 30®

Stream 1: Industry Engagement. “That’s an ever expanding pool” – mapping partnerships for VET at Australian secondary schools

Gosia Klatt

University of Melbourne, VIC, Australia


Abstract 31®

Stream 2: Assessment and Qualifications. Achieving agreement on competence: Collaboration in assessment of apprentice performance

Berwyn Clayton
Victoria University, VIC, Australia

Abstract 32®

Stream 3: New Directions for the VET Sector. Choosing VET: Enabling conditions to VET pathways

Hywel Ellis
University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia


Abstract 33®

Stream 4: Teaching and Learning in VET. What can VET learn from teaching and learning experiences in alternative education centres?

Cheryl Livock
Integrity Education and Research, QLD, Australia



Abstract 34®

Stream 5: Teaching and Learning in VET. Researching in VET: The whisper of the practitioner

Linda Simon1, Melinda Waters2
1. Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia
2. TAFE Directors Australia, NSW, Australia


Abstract 35®

TAFE Outreach Educational Programs Under Review

Kevin Heys
TAFE Community Alliance, NSW, Australia


Abstract 36®

Work-based learning and community education providers

Ruth Walker
Community Colleges Australia, NSW, Australia


Abstract 37®

Work-based Learning of Novice VET teachers: Creating a trellis of learning practices

Susanne Francisco
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), NSW, Australia
Charles Sturt University, Canberra, ACT and Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia

Abstract 38®

Views of VET teachers, managers and students about VET teacher qualifications

Keiko Yasukawa1, Erica Smith2,
1. University of Technology, NSW, Australia
2. Federation University Australia, VIC, Australia



Abstract 39®

From novice to advanced practice as a TAFE teacher

Anne Dening
Flinders University, SA, Australia

Abstract 40®

What does VET bring to higher education that is distinctive?

Steven Hodge, Susan Webb
1. Griffith University, QLD, Australia
2. Monash University, VIC, Australia



Abstract 41®

Enhancing learning with video: Connecting with the socio-materiality aspects of vocational education
Selena Chan
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, New Zealand


Abstract 42®

Practical and sustainable education examples in a living laboratory

Wendy Hird, Kate Low, Fabian Sacks
TAFE Northern Sydney Institute, NSW, Australia


Abstract 43®

Repositioning the Digital VET compass by exploring teaching innovation.  Is there strategic support for new directions in the VET?
Leo Gregorc
VET Development Centre, VIC, Australia

Speed Dating

VET Leadership Training and Public Value

Jill Hadley
University of South Australia, SA, Australia


Operational safety at point-of-sale of equipment marketing and training innovation

Gary Balderson , William Blayney
Central Queensland University, QLD, Australia



Reflective Practitioner Research:  it is not just navel gazing

Anne Bowden
TAFE NSW – New England Institute, NSW, Australia


Validation and quality assessment: bridging the great divide
Ruth Walker
Independent Assessment Validation Services, NSW, Australia


The seven virtues of eLearning design
Leo Gregorc 
VET Development Centre, VIC, Australia


Workshop 1
From a research idea to a research design
Chair: Josie Misko
Presenters:  Michelle Circelli and Georgina Atkinson – NCVER

‘Problem? What problem? Developing and refining your research questions.’

Workshop 2
Research into multichannel outputs
Chair: Kira Clarke
Presenters:  Chris Corbel, Leo Gregorc, Kira Clarke

Reaching different audiences: multi-track research dissemination.
This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the range of research dissemination opportunities, including scholarly, opinion and social media platforms. The workshop will also include a discussion of how to adapt research output into an op-ed type format for outlets like The Conversation.

Workshop 3
The practice of research
Chair: Linda Simon

a. Sharing and Reflecting – Giving and receiving feedback as part of a peer review process – Roger Harris
b. The Scholarship, the research proposal and the work: A case study – Peter Hurley, TDA/AVETRA Scholarship holder
c. What are the research options?   Different methodologies – Steven Hodge