Melbourne Graduate School of Education

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Helen Keller

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Benjamin Franklin

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Thursday 5 - 7.30pm

Expert panel: VET in crisis

It is time that we recognise that a new model of vocational education is needed in Australia. The current social settlement between VET and society is not working and VET is in crisis.

This presentation will consider:

  • Why VET is in crisis – the connection between competencies and markets
  • The links between vocational education and the labour market in shaping (shaky) transitions
  • What a ‘policy rich’ vocational education policy would look like
  • Qualifications, capabilities and vocational streams
  • The institutional conditions that are needed to sustain a strong vocational education system – the role of TAFE as anchor institutions

Professor Leesa Wheelahan is the William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. Leesa has published widely on lifelong learning, tertiary education policy, student equity, recognition of prior learning, credit-transfer and student articulation between the sectors of post-compulsory education and training, cross-sectoral relations between the VET and higher education sectors, and the role of theoretical knowledge in curriculum.

A panel discussion will follow Professor Wheelahan’s presentation.

Panellists include:
Professor John Buchanan, The University of Sydney
Professor Leo Goedegebuure, LH Martin Institute
Professor Shelley Mallet, Brotherhood of St Laurence

The discussion will be facilitated by Maxine McKew.

Seminar Event

Wednesday 5 - 6.30pm

The evolving landscape of Australian schooling policy

Australian schooling policy has undergone massive change over the past decade, with major national reforms in curriculum, assessment, teaching standards and funding.

This new era of reform is not only transforming schools, but is also changing relationships between federal, state and territory governments in policy development and enactment.

This Q&A style forum brings together prominent policy makers and field-leading academics, including:

  • Laureate Professor John Hattie, Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education
  • Professor Bob Lingard, Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Queensland
  • Robert Randall, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)
  • Dr Sue Thomson, Director of the Educational Monitoring and Research Division, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The panel will explore and debate the evolving landscape of schooling policy, including:

  • The changing role of the federal government
  • New collaborative networks between state and territory governments
  • The impact of new organisations like ACARA and AITSL
  • The influence of global policy actors and organisations, and
  • Ways of improving national policy processes.

The event will be hosted and chaired by Dr Glenn C. Savage, Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Education Policy at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

The evening will conclude with discussion over refreshments.

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