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Monday, November 6 • 13:00 - 13:50
Preparing Students for the Future: Exploring TVET Instructors’ Perceptions that Shape their Pedagogical Decisions

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The 21st Century TVET curriculum is currently in a complicated crossroads situation.  On one hand its transition from within is moving out from industrial to informational modes (Billett, 2001, Rose, 2000, Taylor, 2016). This shift, driven by modern workplace demands associated with fast paced changes in technology, is calling for a restructuring of vocationalism (Lucas, Spencer, & Claxton, 2002,). On the other hand, residing within the broader context of curriculum, TVET competes with other cultures and their influences on the curriculum from the outside.  Both transitions are happening simultaneously and have a potential impact on forming instructors’ curriculum choices in different ways (Joseph, 2011). 
Through the analysis of curricula, a co-existence of multiple curriculum cultures in the 21st Century is exposed, and as a consequence of the multiplicity, the cadre of instructors is also eclectic. Thus research questions arise in order to understand the current situation in British Columbia, and how instructors make their pedagogical choices based on their belief and value structures that are situated within a range of cultures.

Since the situation is complex, I have chosen a mixed methodology, Q-Methodology, for its strength in providing an objective measure of subjectivity (Ramlo, 2015). The focus of this Q-methodology study is situated in the post-secondary TVET arena within British Columbia. This study aims to focus on how instructors’ perceptions drive their decisions in determining the appropriateness of their chosen pedagogy, their beliefs about the effectiveness of their pedagogy, and their views regarding the future aims of TVET.

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Sally Vinden

Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Specialist, Vancouver Island University
Trades and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)Curriculum and Pedagogy International Development of TVET

Monday November 6, 2017 13:00 - 13:50 PST
Segal Room 1410

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