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Examining barriers to internationalisation created by diverse systems and structures in vocational education and training

Shaw, Angela Joy; Shaw, Kieron John; Blake, Suzanne

Authors

Angela Joy Shaw

Kieron John Shaw

Suzanne Blake



Abstract

In a global society, all educational sectors need to recognise internationalism as a core, foundational principle. Whilst most educational sectors are taking up that challenge, vocational education and training (VET) is still being pulled towards the national agenda in terms of its structures and systems, and the policies driving it, disadvantaging those who graduate from VET, those who teach in it, and the businesses and countries that connect with it. This paper poses questions about the future of internationalisation in the sector. It examines whether there is a way to create a VET system that meets its primary point of value, to produce skilled workers for the local labour market, while still benefitting those graduates by providing international skills and knowledge, gained from VET institutions that are international in their outlook. The paper examines some of the key barriers created by systems and structures in VET to internationalisation and suggests that the efforts which have been made to address the problem have had limited success. It suggests that only a model which gives freedom to those with a direct vested interest, students, teachers, trainers and employers, to pursue international co-operation and liaison will have the opportunity to succeed.

Citation

Shaw, A. J., Shaw, K. J., & Blake, S. (2016). Examining barriers to internationalisation created by diverse systems and structures in vocational education and training. International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 3(2), 88-105. https://doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.3.2.2

Acceptance Date Apr 23, 2016
Publication Date Aug 24, 2016
Deposit Date Jul 19, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 24, 2016
Journal International journal for research in vocational education and training
Print ISSN 2197-8638
Electronic ISSN 2197-8646
Publisher VETNET
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 2
Pages 88-105
DOI https://doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.3.2.2
Keywords Internationalisation of higher education
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/441289
Publisher URL http://www.ijrvet.net/index.php/IJRVET/article/view/163
Additional Information Copy of article first published in: International journal for research in vocational education and training, 2016, v.3, issue 2

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