09 August 2010
Project aims to smooth path to education
One of the research themes is reverse articulation between higher education and VET.
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Two RMIT University academics are leading an ALTC project examining existing pathways and articulation models that enhance the participation of under-represented groups in higher education.
"Lifelong Learning Pathways: Addressing participation and diversity in higher education" is the theme of the research endorsed and funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
The team leaders are Associate Professor Anthony Mills and Patricia McLaughlin, from the School of Property, Construction and Project Management. The project is directed by Professor Julianne Reid, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching in the College of Science, Engineering and Health.
They are working in partnership with colleagues from University of Technology, Sydney, Curtin University of Technology, and University of Western Sydney.
Associate Professor Mills said the project would review existing examples of successful lifelong learning and teaching models in the discipline of the Built Environment.
"We will analyse the efficacy of these models; develop schema to discern and map elements of these models to identify best practice; and trial, track performance and evaluate best practice models.
"The aim is to contribute knowledge to develop and promote lifelong learning models which successfully enhance and facilitate participation and student cohort diversity in higher education."
Two research themes are reverse articulation between higher education and VET programs, and the VET in Schools initiative.
The project would develop an overarching framework to describe and track the fundamental dimensions of lifelong learning models, Ms McLaughlin said.
The team would relate central elements of these models to the wider discipline and sector context, and in turn provide a framework for all Australian universities to emulate in response to diversity targets outlined in Federal Government tertiary education policy.