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

The Contribution that Vocational Education and Training in Australian Secondary Schools Makes to Lifelong Learning

Don Adams, Dr Jeanne Boote, Kath Grushka, Sally Tranter.

The need for lifelong learning has long been highlighted by the changing social, technological and global contexts. This learning occurs in many structured and unstructured forms, for example, formal education and workplace learning. Much of the rhetoric surrounding lifelong learning has focused on the higher education and post secondary vocational education sectors. Within this structure, little attention has been given to students in secondary schools who participate in Vocational Education and Training (VET) oriented courses. Similarly, research into the influence of these types of learning experiences on the individual students, in preparation for a lifetime of learning has been limited. This paper outlines research undertaken, that has been based on VET teacher perceptions in public school settings. These perceptions relate to the ability and extent of how quality VET programs in secondary schools inform dimensions of lifelong learning. The findings of the study provide a framework for ongoing discussion and debate within VET in schools programs.


Don Adams  (Australia)
School of Education
University of Newcastle

Dr Jeanne Boote  (Australia)

Hunter Institute

Kath Grushka  (Australia)

University of Newcastle

Sally Tranter  (Australia)

Personnel Directorate
NSW Department of Education and Training

  • VET
  • Lifelong learning
  • Schools

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)