Never mind the width, feel the quality: the quality and impact of VET research in Australia

Andrew Smith

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    Abstract

    This article examines the development of nationally funded vocational education and training (VET) research in Australia since the mid-1990s. The provision of nationally competitive funding through the Australian National Training Authority has led to an explosion of VET research guided by a national strategy that outlines the key priorities for the major stakeholders in the VET system. The article reports on the results of an analysis of Australia's major national competitive grant scheme for VET research from 1997 to 2000, and examines the quality and impact of that research. Issues of quality and impact are crucial to the future of VET research in Australia, and the analysis leads to the conclusion that there is a need for the development of new skills amongst VET researchers to ensure the continuity of the field.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)203-216
    Number of pages14
    JournalResearch in Post-Compulsory Education
    Volume9
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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