Separating the Sheep and the Goats – Vocational Programs in Victoria Schools

Deans lecture series 2014

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About the lecture

Jack Keating Memorial lecture

Presented in partnership with the Australian College of Educators (ACE)

Vocational Education and Training in Schools – VETiS – is arguably the biggest policy intervention in our secondary schools in the last 20 years. It has significantly changed the upper secondary curriculum.

This lecture examines the history of vocational provision in Victorian schools, since the establishment of the first state high schools and technical schools early in the 20th century. It assesses the role of these schools in creating pathways for young people and in meeting the needs of society for a technologically literate workforce.

This lecture also investigates the challenges of delivering VET within the traditional academic culture of schools.  It asks whether these programs are creating opportunities for working class children or further marginalising them through a process of academic and social selection.

About the speaker

John Polesel

Professor John Polesel

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John Polesel manages a range of research projects focussing on upper secondary education and transitions from school. His research interests include issues of inequality, the relationship between schools and vocational training, models of education and training and youth transitions systems in Australia and internationally.

He has played a leading role in winning and conducting over fifty major educational research grants and consultancies. He has written or co-written over 100 journal articles, book chapters and commissioned reports, mostly as first author, including in some of the most prestigious international journals including: Oxford Review of Education, Comparative Education; Journal of Education Policy; Australian Journal of Education; and European Journal of Vocational Training, and chapters in major Springer books.