Professional practice in VET

Publications – Educational Practice

Many other publications on educational practice are available at the following section of this website.

Ideas for practitioners

Based on over sixty of his popular articles in Campus Review, with the addition of hundreds of questions and numerous suggestions for further reading, the book identifies key issues for the future for VET educators and promotes reflection on current practice.

The book holds potential value for all stakeholders in the sector, from industry trainers and assessors to institution-based teachers and educational managers, workplace supervisors, industry personnel, public servants and policy makers. Everyone in the sector needs to develop new ideas, says the author.

The eleven chapters highlight core issues in the sector: innovation, policy, industry needs, industry partnerships, RTO structures, leadership and strategy-making, change management, workforce development, new work roles, e-learning and e-business, and teaching, learning and assessment.

To see an excerpt and order, please click here.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in VET

VET Practitioners can be more innovative and organisational cultures can be more entrepreneurial. This book is designed to assist leaders, managers and all practitioners in VET to identify and meet the challenges required to increase innovation and entrepreneurship.

It contains 50 articles, 180 questions for discussion and selected ideas from the international literature.

The book is structured around 10 themes including the imperatives driving innovation and entrepreneurship, the characteristics of innovators and entrepreneurs, and innovation in industry training, assessment and e-learning. Other themes include leadership, managements, strategies, cultures and structures for innovation and entrepreneurship.

To see an excerpt and order, please click here.

Advanced VET Practitioners

The new VET practitioner emerged in the period around 2004-2005. This practitioner is demand driven and focused on providing services the individual customer and industry client wants.

While the new VET practitioner has many impressive characteristics, Dr John Mitchell’s research from 2006 onwards indicates that an exceptional version of this practitioner has emerged in recent times in the VET sector, who could be described as the ‘advanced VET practitioner’.

The new VET practitioner is demand-driven, however the advanced VET practitioner has extraordinary capabilities for building client relationships, ensuring customer responsiveness and supporting flexible delivery. This superior strand of VET practitioner is raising the bar of professional practice and deserves public profiling.

In this commanding new book by John Mitchell, the capabilities of the advanced VET practitioner are set out in great detail in two extensive essays, six brief essays and 30 articles in this 57,000-word, 143-page book. The book is designed as a professional development guide to growth and includes three questions at the foot of each article, to stimulate discussion and further reflection.

The book is designed for VET practitioners who want to become advanced practitioners or advanced VET practitioners who want to keep developing their practice; people involved with the Training and Assessment (TAA) Training Package, at both Certificate IV and Diploma level; people undertaking other study programs in vocational, adult or further education; project groups undertaking structured professional development activities; and leaders of VET organisations and managers of professional development who are interested in understanding and fostering advanced practice.

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Critical issues in teaching, learning and assessment

From 2005-2007 a consortium of researchers in Australia undertook an investigation in training providers. Dr John Mitchell headed up the consortium’s major activity on teaching, assessment and learning – the core business of providers. This research activity set out to identify critical issues in teaching, learning and assessment in order to inform and influence VET practice.

The final report, Quality is the Key, is available here.

For other papers prepared by the team click on Supporting Documents at the site:

  • “Critical issues”by John Mitchell, Clive Chappell, Susan Roy, Andrea Bateman, a literature review that examines international and Australian trends in teaching and learning policy and practice
  • “Complexities and opportunities”by John Mitchell, Clive Chappell, Susan Roy, Andrea Bateman, a discussion paper as the basis for four focus groups, 22 June 2005
  • “Quality a critical issue”by John Mitchell, Clive Chappell, Susan Roy, Andrea Bateman, a commentary on developments in England and Scotland in teaching, learning and assessment, 30 October 2005
  • “VET networked for quality”by John Mitchell, Clive Chappell, Susan Roy, Andrea Bateman, a description of major VET networks and how they contribute to building and promoting good practice in teaching, learning and assessment, 16 December 2005
  • “Demonstrating quality”by John Mitchell, Clive Chappell, Susan Roy, Andrea Bateman, fifteen case studies from Australian VET that demonstrate good practice in teaching, learning and assessment, 22 December 2005

Other products from the team include:

Innovation in teaching and learning in VET

Emerging Futures, Innovation in Teaching and Learning in VET, ANTA, 2003

‘The nature of innovation in VET professional practice’, AVETRA conference paper 2003