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Linking Flexible VET Delivery to Community Development in the Context of an Indigenous Community

Anderson, Stuart C., Wallace, Ruth M., Christie, Michael J. and Kennedy, Dianne (2009). Linking Flexible VET Delivery to Community Development in the Context of an Indigenous Community. In: AVETRA 12th Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW, 16 - 17 April 2009.

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IRMA ID 77258317xPUB9
Author Anderson, Stuart C.
Wallace, Ruth M.
Christie, Michael J.
Kennedy, Dianne
Title Linking Flexible VET Delivery to Community Development in the Context of an Indigenous Community
Conference Name AVETRA 12th Annual Conference
Conference Location Sydney, NSW
Conference Dates 16 - 17 April 2009
Conference Publication Title AVETRA 12th Annual Conference Proceedings: "Aligning Participants, Policy and Pedagogy: Traction and Tensions in VET Research"
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA)
Publication Year 2009
ISBN 978-0-9805275-1-3   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 15
HERDC Category E2 - Conference Publication - Full written paper, non refereed proceedings (internal)
Abstract This paper reports the findings of a collaborative project with indigenous learners engaged in VET programs in community services and youth work situated in the community of Wugularr in southeastern Arnhem Land. A customised action research methodology was used to allow participants and researchers to explore personal histories and notions of community engagement; innovative approaches to delivery and evidence collection; and specifically the integration of community project based pedagogies into workplace situated training and assessment.

The majority of participants expressed satisfaction with the quality of their VET experiences, in particular the performance of teaching staff. They however did express disappointment with the university's approach to relationship building, consistency of delivery and in particular access to student support in the past. Over the course of this project the importance of developing and nurturing relationships based on mutual benefit emerged as a central thread binding good community engagement with the ability to implement flexible approaches to VET delivery and assessment. The building of such relationships is an ongoing process that takes time.

Successfully implemented innovative and community negotiated approaches used during this project included the use of project pedagogies and digital media for the collection of assessment evidence. The success of both of these methods can be largely attributed to their use of community languages, community resources and the participant’s own workplace in the learning and assessment process. Despite the documented successful engagement of learners and improvement in modular completion rate; consistency of engagement with learners during periods where lecturing staff are not physically present, and the influence of family and community rhythms remain issues that strongly affect the capacity of community members to participate in VET programs.
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