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CREEW Major Projects - Educational Policy Analysis/Critique


Current Projects

Development of e-journal: Journal of Student Wellbeing
Researcher: Bruce Johnson

Future pathways: Aspirations and destinations
Funding body: Association of Independent Schools of SA (AISSA)
Researchers: Tom Stehlik, Clare Hay & Carl Dreisener
This $60,000 project aims to survey around 600 Year 12 students from seven independent secondary schools to determine their post-school career and study aspirations before completing their final year exams in 2006. This will be followed up in March and September 2007 with two telephone surveys conducted by the universitys Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science to determine the actual destinations and study/ work patterns of this cohort. The project is a follow up to a pilot project with AISSA undertaken by CREEW in 2001.

The contribution of adult and vocational education to social sustainability
Funding body: University of South Australia
Researchers: Peter Willis, Roger Harris, Tom Stehlik, Michele Simons & Sue Gelade
The project explores existing and possible contributions of Adult and vocational Education (AVE) to social sustainability in parts of Australia, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

Choosing VET: an evaluation of career development services
Funding body: NVETRE
Researchers: Michele Simons, Linda Rainey, Carmel McCarthy (with Berwyn Clayton, Canberra Institute of Technology)
A national study to evaluate the effectiveness of the range of careers development services available to and utilized by young people, up to 24 years, at the transition point of post-compulsory schooling and in the early years of their careers, with a particular focus on outcomes relating to VET. This study evaluates a selection of career development services available for young people. It examines the characteristics of the services provided, with a focus on career decision-making and the provision of information about vocational education and training (VET) options. The education providers and young people surveyed were generally satisfied with the services provided. However, it was agreed that information about Vet options could be improved. A better understanding of the ways in which young people seek help will enhance accessibility to services.

Unsettling pedagogy and knowing: Producing new knowledge in old and new world practices
Funding body: UniSA
Researchers: Elaine Butler & Sue Shore



Recently Completed Projects

Evaluation of the Sexual Health and Relationships Education program
Researcher: Bruce Johnson

Learning pathways for young people
Funding body: NVETRE
Researchers: Roger Harris, Bob Sumner, Linda Rainey (with Jill Albrecht, Hunter Institute)
This study builds on the recently completed 'Student Traffic' project and will explore the extent and nature of the movement of clients (including young learners) between available learning pathways. It will analyse policy initiatives and national statistics, as well as qualitative research of the individual pathways of young people who have transferred between VET and HE, in either direction.

Social inclusion research project
Funding body: SA Primary Principals Association
Researcher: Judy Gill

Learning collaborations between ACE and VET providers: Good practice partnerships

Funding body: NVETRE
Researchers: Sue Gelade, Tom Stehlik , Peter Willis & Julian Moore
This project report, along with its separate Good Practice Guide: creating effective ACE & VET partnerships examined partnerships between ACE and VET sectors in Australia where organisations come together initially to expedite delivery of courses to vocational students. The research was aimed at identifying those good practices which support and promote both formal and informal partnerships and how such practices, in turn, benefit the communities in which they operate. The research also sought to identify 'not so good' practices that have been found to either hinder or cause failure in partnerships.

The investigation was conducted through a series of telephone interviews and site visits across 26 organisations in regional and urban NSW, Qld, WAS SA, Tas and Vic. The separately published Good practice guide was aimed at assisting organisations planning future partnerships and collaborations and addressing policy-makers who may auspice and promote such plans.

An exploratory study of the geographies of school choice of primary parents
Funding body: ARC Small Grant
Researchers: Alan  Reid & Pat Thomson (LPLC)

Student traffic: two-way movement between VET and HE
Funding body: NCVER
Researchers: Roger Harris, Bob Sumner & Linda Rainey
The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent and nature of the two-way traffic of students between VET and higher education institutions in South Australia. It describes the complexity of this movement, highlights the differences and describes the implications for policy and practice.

Evaluation of the 'Australians Working Together' pilot program at Regency TAFE, Elizabeth, SA
Funding body: Regency TAFE; prime funding body is DFEEST
Researchers: Linda Rainey
The AWT program is a six month training program designed to expand employment and further study options for the long term unemployed. This research project evaluates the effectiveness of the program in terms of the development of resiliency and employability in the participants.



Past Projects

Rethinking senior secondary education, and developing a system-wide culture of inquiry
Funding body: DECS
Researchers: Alan Reid

Participation of students in independent schools' VET programs
Funding body: Contract with the SA Branch of the Association of Independent Schools (AISSA)
Researchers: Sue Gelade, Tom Stehlik (with Marketing Science Centre)
Part of the AISSA School to Work Program, the study will evaluate whether further education, training, employment and career pathways of students are influenced by their participation in vocational education and training in independent schools' programs.

Reconceptualising approaches to the official public curriculum

Funding body: Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST)
Researchers: Alan Reid
This project involves an exploration of dominant approaches to the official curriculum for the compulsory years of schooling in Australia, and an assessment of the extent to which they are able to meet the challenges facing education systems in the 21st century. It concludes by proposing alternative ways to conceptualise and structure the official curriculum and grounds these in the Australian context.

The community sector and skills formation
Funding body: State Government SA Skills for the Future Inquiry
Researchers: Roger Harris, Michele Simons (with Pam Carden)
This working paper is a selected review of the literature on the role of the community sector in skill formation in South Australia. It discusses the scope of the sector, focusing on family, volunteers, and adult and community education (ACE). It explores the role of government in supporting the community sector in skill formation and examines the building blocks for effective community-government partnerships.

Exploring locality: The impact of context on indigenous vocational education and training aspirations and outcomes
Funding body: National Research and Evaluation Committee Grant with UniSA Aboriginal Research Institute
Researchers: Tom Stehlik, Sue Gelade, M. Nakata & Von Sanderson (ARI)
Involves field work in metropolitan, regional and remote communities where indigenous people are undertaking various forms of vocational education and
training, including Murray Bridge, Loxton and Berri and the Anangu/Pitjantjatjara communities of Amata and Indulkana.

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