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Collaborative learning pathways: supporting students where they are in the PreVET Project

Funk, Johanna and Worthington, Shelley (2014). Collaborative learning pathways: supporting students where they are in the PreVET Project. The International Journal of Diversity in Education,13(2):105-114.

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IRMA ID 84279116xPUB277
Title Collaborative learning pathways: supporting students where they are in the PreVET Project
Author Funk, Johanna
Worthington, Shelley
Journal Name The International Journal of Diversity in Education
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 13
Issue Number 2
ISSN 2327-0020   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 105
End Page 114
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication United States
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Consistent academic underachievement by Indigenous and students from language backgrounds other than English (LBOTE) has been a long running problem in Australia. Despite many national initiatives, students from these groups still fall behind in achievement. These types of statistics have been occurring for too long not to inquire into alternative ways to address their presence. This paper presents a project conducted by the Northern Territory Department of Education and Children’s Services (DECS) and Charles Darwin University (CDU) in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia which attempts to address challenges of educational and workforce engagement, low achievement and poor retention of remote Indigenous and LBOTE pupils through a unique resource called PreVET. The gaps in educational engagement of Indigenous students are complex in their origins, and this paper in no way attempts to explain the reasons for them. It will describe approaches taken through the PreVET project to illustrate how collaboration on all levels can lead to progress towards our goals, and demonstrate the importance of the processes through which this has been attempted. Through collaboration between staff at DECS and CDU, as well as reference groups assembled from Indigenous stakeholders, industry representatives and education experts, the project incorporates expertise in the application of theory in real life situations in an attempt to close the gap between Indigenous educational engagement and successful post-school futures.
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