Book Chapter

Separating the Sheep from the Goats - vocational programs in Victorian schools

J Polesel, S Bohlinger, T Dang, M Klatt

Education Policy: Mapping the landscape and scope | Peter Lang Publishing | Published : 2016

Abstract

Vocational programs for school-aged youth constitute a difficult field of academic enquiry, linking different disciplines, straddling research across curriculum and qualifications, and requiring an understanding of the under-researched links between schools and work. In policy terms this is also a challenging area. It raises the crucial problem of equity and the role which vocational programs play in addressing the diverse needs of a range of upper secondary school students. These are pressing issues internationally in a global context of high youth unemployment, skills shortages and complex, non-linear and poorly signposted transitions. This chapter considers how the university preparatory ..

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