Seminar: A NEW SOCIAL SETTLEMENT IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (CVEP) and the John Cain Foundation present an important seminar on reform of vocational education in Australia. Professor Leesa Wheelahan and Professor Shelley Mallett will present their ideas for radical changes in governance, institutional arrangements, funding and in the core educational philosophy underpinning the sector. VET is largely failing to equip young people for meaningful work and in its stated objective of supporting life long learning. A fundamental change in approach is needed. Join us to hear their ideas and help define a better way for the future.

Professor Leesa Wheelahan is William G. DavisChair in Community College Leadership at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. Leesa has published widely on lifelong learning, tertiary education policy, and student articulation between the sectors of post-compulsory education and training, cross-sectoral relations between VET and higher education, and the role of theoretical knowledge in curriculum.

Professor Shelley Mallett is an anthropologist with particular expertise in homelessness and housing research. Her diverse career has spanned service delivery, research and policy and academic roles at ANU and LaTrobe Universities. Currently she combines her role as General Manager of the Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence with her position as Professorial Fellow of Social Policy at the University of Melbourne.

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