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EDF4514 - Vocational and workplace learning

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader(s): Mr J Pardy


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Off-campus)


The unit explores the growing emphasis on developing capacity in the workplace as a key platform of vocational education and training policy reform in Australia and overseas in recent decades. The unit will draw on workplace learning as it manifests within school curriculum as well as the ways in which teachers experience this in the school as workplace. Students will be introduced to the rationale for the introduction of vocational curriculums in schools and their connection to curriculum programs within them.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the social and economic rationale for the emphasis on vocational learning curriculums in schools;
  2. critically evaluate the implications of vocational learning and competency-based curriculum on teaching and learning in schools;
  3. identify the implications of such curriculums for developing workplace learning in schools and other settings; and
  4. locate the school as a site of workplace change and workplace learning and explore the role of schools with respect that change and that learning.


Assessment task 1: Critical evaluation of a vocational curriculum in schools (2000 words, 50%); and Assessment task 2: Reflection and analysis on workplace learning (equivalent 2000 words, 50%)

Contact hours

3 (max) contact hours per week


Enrolment in pre-service teacher education qualification Bachelor of Education or Graduate Diploma of Education

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