Working and Learning in Vocational Education
and Training in the Knowledge Era is the Final Report of the Professional
Development for the Future Project.
The research defines the
characteristics of Registered Training Organisations as
knowledge organisations together with the
capabilities of VET sector personnel as knowledge workers.
It constructs the VET sector as inclusive of all staff
as actual or potential knowledge workers. The researchers
professional development in a future where the complexities
and uncertainties of the present will continue to expand.
This project advances the argument for greater autonomy
of VET professionals and for forms of professional development
that contribute to and expand their knowing and skills repertoires.
This research concludes that key capabilities of VET professionals
as knowledge workers will be more readily developed and displayed
in contexts that value knowledge sharing, coherent conversations
and dialogue, collaborative work and generosity.
The research team drew on a wide range of sources, including
interviews with knowledge workers, theoretical perspectives
from four contemporary thinkers, focus groups with practitioners
from the VET industry, as well as literature and Professional
Development Program Management Group of the Australian Flexible
Learning Framework, and staff of the Professional Development
Network in TAFE NSW.