Veronica has more than 15 years of experience in conducting research projects related to vocational education and training, school education and adult and community education policy, planning and programs. Her extensive research work has mainly focussed on equity in education across sectors and comparative studies, mainly commissioned by Australian national agencies such as the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) and the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), state education and training authorities and agencies with an international development focus such as AusAID and UNESCO-UNEVOC.
Veronica’s research includes longitudinal studies of the experience of access, participation, outcomes and pathways in VET by members of equity target groups, for ANTA, 1996-1999 and of the outcomes for learners, the workforce and community of study in adult community education in Victoria, for the Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board Victoria, 2005-2006. She has studied vocational education and training provision for people from non-English speaking backgrounds for NCVER in 1998 and 2002 and during 2006, she completed a nationwide study of the impact of TAFE inclusiveness strategies, also for NCVER. Veronica’s policy research projects for state governments include: a study of the effectiveness of funding and accountability arrangements for provision of community based Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning programs for Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria in 2008; an analysis of factors influencing completion of apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria, for the Office of Training and Tertiary Education in 2007; research to advise priority setting of the Victorian Adult Community and Further Education Board in 2007; a review of effective provision for young people 15-24 years of age studying in non-school providers in Victoria, for the Department of Education and Training in 2006; and an evaluation of strategies designed to assist ‘at risk’ young people to make transitions from Year 10 into further education, training or employment, for the Office of Post Compulsory Education and Training, Tasmania in 2005.
International projects, including VET project design, research and capacity building in China, South Africa and India, have been an important part of Veronica’s work since 1997. Projects include the overall project design and provision of the teacher development component of a 5 year AusAID funded VET reform project in China. Her internationally focussed research includes a comparative study of VET systems – nine systems across three regions of the world under pressure of change, for NCVER and she has recently completed three book chapters focussed on international development published in Springer publications: Equality and Policy: Challenges Faced by China’s Education; and two book chapters for the UNESCO-UNEVOC led volume TVET and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities. Veronica is a Deputy Director of the University’s Contemporary Europe Research Centre, a member of the Equity Research Centre Board and a recipient of the Knowledge Transfer Award 2007, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, awarded to Veronica and her colleague Anne Walstab for their research work focussing on adult community education.
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
ALTC citation for outstanding contributions to student learning, 2009
As a member of the Master of Education Policy(International) Teaching Team - outstanding achievement in Teaching Award
Inaugural Knowledge Transfer Award, 2007, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
RMIT University Teaching Quality Award, Scholarship of Teaching, 2001
RMIT Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services, Teaching Quality Award, Scholarship of Teaching, 2001
Melbourne Graduate School Of Education
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Master of Education
University of Melbourne
Diploma of Education
The University of Queensland
Bachelor of Science
The University of Queensland