Repackaging the value of TAFE

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The purpose of this presentation is to suggest alternative political and economic messages to stem the flow of funding away from TAFE and to make a case for reinvestment in the public provision of vocational education and training. The suggestions that follow are based upon ongoing analysis of HOW the system actually operates as opposed to the more common focus upon who did what to whom when.
While it is not intended to purposely provoke strong reactions to the suggestions made, there is an attempt to question some of the traditional and cosy assumptions made about TAFE and its role in the contemporary VET system, thereby stimulating discussions about potential ways to better advocate on behalf of public provision of training.
For example, JK Gibson-Graham’s (2006, p. 6) analysis of the 1990s privatisation of the State Electricity Commission’s assets and operations in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley commences with an exhortation to abandon ‘the Left’s melancholy and moralism’ and for those who wish to address the socio-economic dislocation caused by marketisation to cease being both isolated and morally comfortable in their misery. They propose that the way forward is ‘to take an open and hospitable orientation towards the objects of our thoughts’ using a repository of tactics that include ‘seducing, cajoling, enrolling, enticing and inviting’ (Gibson-Graham 2006, p. 6).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAustralian Education Union TAFE Council Annual General Meeting - Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 16 Apr 2016 → …


ConferenceAustralian Education Union TAFE Council Annual General Meeting
Period16/04/16 → …


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