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'Wrong way - go back': Preventing educational pathways from VET into higher education from becoming dead ends

Laming, M.M. and Kelly, M. (2013) 'Wrong way - go back': Preventing educational pathways from VET into higher education from becoming dead ends. In: AVETRA 16th Annual Conference: VET Research at the Edge - Training for Diversity and Change, 3 - 5 April 2013, Fremantle, Western Australia



In this paper [the authors] argue that enrolled nurses [ENs] enrolling in the Bachelor of Nursing at Murdoch University through a 'pathway' program face particular challenges and require a transition program specifically designed to meet their needs. Credit for their [vocational education and training] VET qualifications allows the ENs to enter at the second year, but in doing so they bypass the first year transition program. [The authors] began with a scoping questionnaire: writing assignments and using [information and communications technology] ICT emerged as the principal areas of concern; however childcare and finding sufficient time for study were also significant. Following the scoping study, a transition program was crafted focussing on relevant academic skills, and the formation of study groups to foster mutual support and encouragement was encouraged. This study suggests that universities and TAFEs need to collaborate more closely to ensure that 'pathway' programs do not become dead ends leaving students demoralised. University staff need to acknowledge the diversity of experience, as well as the knowledge and skills that the ENs bring to their studies as a consequence of their VET qualifications; and the VET staff need to recognise that an EN certificate is often the first stage in their students' learning journey and design programs with this in mind.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Centre for University Teaching and Learning
School of Nursing & Midwifery
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