In gear or coasting : a study of learner engagement during work placement

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Doctor of Philosophy


Faculty of Education and Arts


Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools has experienced spectacular growth over the past decade, with 95% of Australian secondary schools now providing VET in school programs and almost one half of all year 11 and 12 students involved in VET in schools programs (DEST, 2005). The Adelaide Declaration on National Goals for Schooling in the 21 st Century stated explicitly that all students should have participated in programs of vocational learning during the compulsory years (ACER, 2002).

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