Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Dumbing It Down: Where do standards fit?

Lyn Alderman.

In Australia, Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs are delivered in a variety of settings. You can be enrolled within a course in a high school, at a technical institution, private training provider or at your place of employment. Recognition of prior learning, on the job training and industry partnerships are strong factors supporting the change of delivery.

The curriculum content within these programs has also changed. For example within the Business Services programs, the prerequisite and corequisite skill of touch keyboarding to an Australian Standard has moved from a core requirement in the 1990's to an elective requirement in the 2000's.

Where a base skill becomes an elective skill, how does this effect the performance and outcomes for the learner, educator, employer and society as a whole? This paper will explore these issues and investigate the current position of standards within the VET curriculum today.


Lyn Alderman  (Australia)
Curriculum Development Coordinator
School of Architecture and Built Environment
University of Newcastle

A computer literacy teaching background in technical, community and tertiary education is strongly supported by a keen research interest in the current development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) within the educational sector. Current publications are texts for touch keyboarding skill development and embedding ICT in curriculum. Current employment involves curriculum development coordination of integrated problem based learning in a tertiary environment. Qualifications – Master of Education (thesis submitted), Bachelor of Adult Education, Teaching Certificates in Keyboarding and Word Processing, Certificate IV in Assessor and Training.

  • Vocational Education and Training
  • Touch Keyboarding
  • Touch Typing
  • Computer Literacy
  • Standards
  • Curriculum Development
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • ICT
  • Business Services

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)