What makes education "vocational" in an integrated tertiary sector
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An integrated tertiary education and training sector is a significant policy goal in Australia. In a key document that elaborates this goal, the rationale for pursuing integration is that it will make ‘a continuum of tertiary skills provision’ (Bradley et al. 2008, p.183) available to students and workers. The review identifies some mechanisms for effecting the change, focusing on governance and funding arrangements, but the educational meaning and implications of an integrated tertiary sector were not pursued in the document and there has been little attention to these questions since. In this essay I take the opportunity to outline some educational issues of a tertiary education sector, concentrating on what I believe is the fundamental purpose of tertiary-level education: to develop the ‘vocational’.
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Technical, Further and Workplace Education