John Polesel

Separating the sheep and the goats – vocational programs in Victorian schools

Jack Keating Memorial lecture, presented in partnership with the Australian College of Educators (ACE)

Presented by Professor John Polesel
Education Policy and Leadership and Associate Dean International, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne.

Tuesday 24 June, 6pm – 7pm
Theatre Q230, Level 2, 234 Queensberry Street, view map

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.

Places are limited and registrations will close when the lecture is fully booked.

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Free public lecture - all welcome
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Professor John Polesel is Professor of Education and Associate Dean International in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He 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 is currently leading a national ARC study of the partnerships schools form to deliver VET programs and recently led a destinations survey of NSW secondary school students for the NSW government. He has written or co-written over 100 journal articles, book chapters and commissioned reports, including in some of the most prestigious international journals such as: Oxford Review of Education, Comparative Education; Journal of Education Policy; and Australian Journal of Education