Innovation and Vocational Education and Training Policy in Australia

Richard Pickersgill, Michael Walsh

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    Abstract

    Recent innovation policy in Australia has been based on assumptions of increasing R & D effort. In this, there has been an emphasis on encouraging large-scale industry and university investment in technology development. However the current and potential role of the VET sector has been largely ignored. The paper argues that the concept of innovation underpinning current policy in Australia is flawed. In practice most 'innovation' is incremental and mundane, and may occur at any point on the value chain. The VET system has the potential to contribute to the processes and practices that underpin most 'real world' innovation in Australia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-33
    Number of pages13
    JournalAustralian Vocational Education Review
    Volume10
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

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