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Vocational Applied Learning in Senior Secondary Schooling

The pandemic crisis has raised significant issues concerning the current and future direction of Australia’s economy and underpinning systems, including education.

This paper discusses the effectiveness of educational pathways programs in upper secondary education in Victoria.
  • It suggests that existing pathways are ineffective and there is significant confusion about their purpose.
  • Alternatives to existing arrangements based on international developments are outlined, as well as comments on the importance of a connection from this Review with Jenny Macklin’s Review into VET in Victoria.
State-wide destination surveys indicate that vocational education for completers and non-completers of year 12 is a declining proposition. International reforms in upper secondary education have seen governments, concerned with an overemphasis on university education, opting for two pathways for upper secondary level students, i.e. an academic or a technical/professional option. 

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Date
April 2020

Author 
Bruce Mackenzie Mackenzie Research Institute 

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