Standardisation serves an important role in supporting the establishment of markets that operate across multiple jurisdictions and was explicitly sanctioned in the 1974 Kangan review of Technical and Further Education. This paper traces the introduction and growth of standardisation in Australian vocational education and training through a discourse analysis of key policy documents. The benefits and limitations of standards-setting in increasingly contestable training markets are described. It will be argued that the ubiquitous acceptance of standards in multiple vocational education and training policies and processes now serves as a form of ‘cultural constraint’. After 40 years, the time is ripe for an exploration of alternative mechanisms that will better support the politically popular market-driven behaviour expected of the training sector.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the AVETRA 2015|
|Subtitle of host publication||18th Annual Conference Walking the Tightrope: the Implications of Markets for VET Research, Policy and Practice|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Publisher||Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA)|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual Conference (AVETRA 2015 18th): Walking the Tightrope: the Implications of Markets for VET Research, Policy and Practice - Melbourne, Victoria, Melbourne, Australia|
Duration: 8 Apr 2015 → 10 Apr 2015
Conference number: 2015 (18th)
|Conference||Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual Conference (AVETRA 2015 18th)|
|Period||8/04/15 → 10/04/15|
Zoellner, D. (2015). Don't blame Dawkins; Kangan laid the foundation for VET markets. In AVETRA (Ed.), Proceedings of the AVETRA 2015: 18th Annual Conference Walking the Tightrope: the Implications of Markets for VET Research, Policy and Practice (pp. -). [Paper No. 15] Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA).