Research prospectus: snapshot on progress

2 November 2017

Introduction

Research prospectus 2015-16

Four research priorities were identified in NCVER's Research prospectus 2015-16:

  1. Productivity
  2. Participation and outcomes
  3. Learning and teaching
  4. The place and role of VET

Presented here is a snapshot of the research activity undertaken against each priority area together with further research opportunities identified through the prospectus.

1. Productivity

To sustain and build Australia’s human capital

15 publications completed 

Completed

3 projects in progress 

In progress

3 gaps identified 

Opportunities

  • Challenges within education and training systems in response to changing skill and knowledge requirements within industry
  • Skills and knowledge utilisation and management
  • The role of employers and industry in on-the-job skills formation and structured training arrangements

2. Participation and outcomes

To support and build Australia’s workforce diversity

9 publications completed 

Completed

2 projects in progress 

In progress

4 gaps identified 

Opportunities

  • Non-accredited training and the role of training outside the AQF
  • Secondary-tertiary connections and articulation pathways
  • Participation and outcomes for learners and employers based on various characteristics such as provider type and entitlement arrangements, using total VET activity
  • National data on foundation skills

3. Teaching and learning

To strengthen learning, teaching and assessment practices for the VET workforce and students

5 publications completed 

Completed

1 project in progress 

In progress

2 gaps identified 

Opportunities

  • Quality and extent of consumer information
  • Quality of teacher training

4. The place and role of VET

To improve efficiency and drive new value-added products and services to Australia’s VET system

5 publications completed 

Completed

1 project in progress 

In progress

2 gaps identified 

Opportunities

  • Entitlements, contestability, training markets and harmonisation across jurisdictions - impact and outcomes
  • Foundations and frameworks for a whole tertiary sector