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Instructional intelligence, professional development and VET teachers: A mixed methods study of educational change

Saunders, R.ORCID: 0000-0002-2107-7934 (2013) Instructional intelligence, professional development and VET teachers: A mixed methods study of educational change. In: 16th Annual Conference. Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA) 2013, 3 - 5 April 2013, Fremantle, Western Australia



In the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector teachers are drawn primarily from industry and work in a system which appears to privilege vocational expertise over that of teaching expertise. Debate surrounds the adequacy of the benchmark VET teaching qualification (Certificate IV in Training and Assessment - TAA40110) and many argue that qualification and professional development in the sector are preoccupied with promoting VET system compliance instead of teaching capability. This study examines the effects of a systemic change professional development program for VET teachers in the technical and further education (TAFE) system in Western Australia. Designed to refine and extend the instructional practices of VET teachers, the Instructional Intelligence Professional Development Program took place over four years. In examining its effects, a sequential mixed methods approach was used. Findings revealed that teachers' beliefs and instructional practice changed as a result of the program. Further, teachers reported that their use of new instructional processes had a positive impact on student learning. These findings have the potential to inform the future design and implementation of professional development programs, contribute to the debate on the pedagogical requirements for VET teachers and contribute to a growing body of research on instructional intelligence.

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Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
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