The VET heritage curriculum project

Peter Rushbrook, Michael Brown

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In this paper the authors outline the beginning of a long-term curiosity-driven project to map and analyse the post World War II construction of Australian vocational education and training (VET) curriculum. In the first stage of the project historical narrative is used to explore examples drawn from the influence of Taylorism and the social efficiency movement, the pedagogical practices of total war, and post-war reconstruction and developments fostered through the period of the so-called 'long boom'. The second phase of the project gathers the narrative with a view to developing an explanatory framework. Key exploratory concepts include 'heritage curriculum', 'tradition', 'historical authorship' and 'the construction of the good worker' Excerpts from printed abstract used with the permission of the copyright holder.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge demands for the new economy
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 9th annual international conference on post-compulsory education and training
EditorsFred Beven, Clive Kanes, Dick Roebuck
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
PublisherAustralian Academic Press
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2001
EventInternational Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training - Gold Coast, Australia, Australia
Duration: 03 Dec 200105 Dec 2001


ConferenceInternational Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training


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