A sharing invitation to VPRN members
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As a member of the VET Practitioners Research Network (VPRN), over the last twelve months or so I have been exploring matters relating to how conversation between VET colleagues assists in the process of motivating and supporting VET practitioners to include researching and/or drawing upon the research of others as part of their professional practice. In the course of these conversation with VET practitioners – teachers and others – the descriptor ‘Being Scholarly’ has arisen and, in some instances, feelings expressed that this doesn’t fit well with some teachers as they associate this with being academic and universities. However, the term ‘Scholarly’ is now emerging in the VET vocabulary and it could be said that this flows from the changing nature of VET as it responds to industry and community needs in the changing world of work.
Interestingly, it has arisen in the conversations that VET practitioners frequently engage in and draw upon informal research as they reflect and act upon things which happen or might be. Accordingly, it may be the case that VET practitioners are more scholarly than they might themselves realise - but, this is presently more hypothesis than confirmed in fact.
With the foregoing in mind, we- the VPRN (Executive Committee) – are keenly interested in your feedback on why you joined and what you expect of the network. And having in mind how this might relate to the notion of a VET scholarly workforce if such is appropriate whilst preserving the unique identity and qualities of VET.
We are only seeking brief responses as below – noting that the amalgamation of responses will add to the current research along with assisting development of the VPRN.
Last modifiedThursday, 27 April 2017