Stepping into higher education from the vocational education sector in Australia: student perceptions and experiences

Sarah O'Shea, Pauline Lysaght, Kathleen Tanner

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    Abstract

    It is not unusual to hear study in the vocational education sector referred to as a 'stepping stone' into further studies in the higher education environment. What this pathway entails for those who choose it is not immediately clear however. This article reports on research conducted with a small cohort of students who arrived at an Australian university with advanced standing or credit transfer based on their studies in the vocational sector. A narrative inquiry approach highlights the voices of these participants drawn through stories of their individual experiences of the transition to higher education. Recommendations related to structural and educational change are based on evidence that this vocational 'stepping stone' can mean different things to different people.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)261-277
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Vocational Education and Training
    Volume64
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012

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