A Teacher’ s Voice on Workplace Change and Curriculum Influence Through Industry Placement

By Annamarie Schuller and Roberto Bergami.

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This paper discusses the nature of workplace change within vocational education and training (VET) in Australia, and explains some of the contextual forces that continue to shape and impact upon teaching and learning practice. The effectiveness of the existing educational system and the extent to which it is, in fact, an appropriate model to meet the complex needs of the post modern society is considered. The authors highlight some of the deficiencies that currently exist, particularly in relation to teacher workload and managerial approaches that are driven by an increasingly regulatory framework that is also influenced by industry input. This has resulted in teachers being marginalised in the process of curriculum development. The paper argues that through teacher placement in industry, communities of practice may be developed. These community links may provide an avenue for teachers to influence industry and thereby regain their voice in future curriculum development and design. This paper concludes that the teacher should be allowed to provide a pivotal pedagogical role in the development of a curriculum that will deliver a more knowledgeable society in the future.

Keywords: Communities of Practice, VET Reform, Teacher Professional Development, Teacher Industry Placement, VET Curriculum Development

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 7, Issue 11, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 586.416KB).

Annamarie Schuller

Teacher, Department of Management and Leadership, School of Business, Chisholm Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Annamarie has been teaching business subjects in the VET sector since 1994. Her main areas of teaching specialisation include: Law, Management, Marketing, HR Management, OH&S. She has a Bachelor of Education from Melbourne University and is currently pursuing a Master of Education by Research at Monash University. Annamarie's prior industry experience spans approximately 17 years within the transport, education, pharmaceutical and food industries. She held a number of roles including customer service, marketing, and management roles. Annamarie’s main area of academic research interest centres around teaching and learning practices, communities of practice, and teacher placement in industry.

Dr. Roberto Bergami

Senior Lecturer (Practice of International Trade) and Associate Researcher, Institute for Community Engagement and Policy Alternatives, School of Applied Economics, Faculty of Business and Law, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Roberto has over twenty years experience in the manufacturing industry, primarily within the pharmaceutical sector. He has held a number of roles in finance, sales, marketing, customer service and logistics, all with an international focus. Roberto teaching experience spans over 20 years with experience in Higher Education, TAFE and private education providers. A full time member of staff at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, since 1998, Roberto has a Master in Education and Master of Business by Research (Applied Economics) and is currently undertaking his Ph. D. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Economics and Associate Researcher of the Institute for Community, Ethnicity and Policy Alternatives. Roberto has maintained his involvement with industry though a number of peak associations where he enjoys various grades of senior level membership. In 2002 Roberto received the State of Victoria Quarantine Award for his efforts in educating students in quarantine matters.

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