Work based learning: a flux for learners through the Australian Qualifications Framework

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Baker, Shayne D., Cathcart, Malcolm and Peach, Neil. 2015. "Work based learning: a flux for learners through the Australian Qualifications Framework." 18th Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual Conference: Walking the Tightrope: The Implication of Markets for VET Research, Policy and Practice (AVETRA 2015). Melbourne, Australia 08 - 10 Apr 2015 Australia.
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Work based learning: a flux for learners through the Australian Qualifications Framework

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsBaker, Shayne D. (Author), Cathcart, Malcolm (Author) and Peach, Neil (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 18th Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual Conference (AVETRA 2015)
ERA Conference ID51115
Number of Pages19
Year2015
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISBN9780980527537
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://avetra.org.au/publications/conference-archives/conference-archives-2015
Conference/Event18th Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual Conference: Walking the Tightrope: The Implication of Markets for VET Research, Policy and Practice (AVETRA 2015)
Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual Conference
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18th Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual Conference: Walking the Tightrope: The Implication of Markets for VET Research, Policy and Practice (AVETRA 2015)
Event Date
08 to end of 10 Apr 2015
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Event Details
Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual Conference
AVETRA Annual Conference
Abstract

This paper sets out just one element of a long term project in which the authors have employed elements of activity theory and expansive learning theory to analyse both the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF: 2013) and application of contemporary workbased learning approaches.

The framework for the review is built around 6 key areas of performance identified in previous reviews of education systems and qualifications frameworks (AQF Council 2009; Bradley et al., 2008; Burke et al., 2009; CEDEFOP 2010 & 2013; CEDEFOP & ETF 2013; Commonwealth of Australia 2009; deWeert 2011; Education and Culture DG & EQF 2013; Guthrie et al., 2011; Hackett et al., 2012). The researchers are progressively working through the sequence of learning actions within an expansive learning cycle (Engestrom & Kerosuo, 2007) and this paper represents one aspect of the work being undertaken as part of a step two [i.e. analysis] in the seven step expansive learning cycle.

Through this analysis we present a possible solution to enable an individual to progress through a vocational pathway into higher education by the application of a workbased learning pedagogy that is assessed against institutional based credentials. This approach tends to be a ‘flipped’ practice to the general principle of asking the learner to align their work based activity to the institution’s pedagogical framework and more then the application of recognition of prior learning.

Keywordswork-based learning; vocational pathways; qualification frameworks
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390399. Education systems not elsewhere classified
390114. Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
390308. Technical, further and workplace education
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Southern Queensland
Middlesex University London, United Kingdom
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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