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This document contains the speaking notes, spoken comments, and prepared papers of the participants in a 1997 symposium on utilization of vocational education and training (VET) research in VET decision making in Australia. The document begins with the "Introduction" (Chris Selby Smith). The next six sections contain the speaking notes and/or comments of the individuals who spoke at the symposium's first six sessions. The session titles and speakers were as follows: "The Users of Research: The Use of Research at State/Territory and National Levels--VET Policy and Planning" (Nigel Smart, Perce Butterworth, Gregor Ramsey, Kareena Arthy, Robert Bluer); "The Users of Research: Use of Research by VET Providers for Improved Practice and Performance, and Policy and Planning at Provider Level" (Virginia Simmons, Brian Jones, Geoff Creek, Rod McDonald and Geof Hawke, Brian Conroy); "Research and Researchers' Perspectives: From the Viewpoint of VET Research Institutions" (John Owen, Chris Robinson, Geof Hawke, Gerald Burke, John Ainley); "Research and Researchers' Perspectives: From the Viewpoint of Other Sources of Research" (Robert Bluer, Don Anderson, Barry McGaw, Bruce Chapman, Terri Seddon, Fran Thorn); "Community Relations: Researchers' Contribution to Facilitating Interactions between Wider Economic, Political and Social Systems and VET" (David Corbett, Steve Balzary, Rex Hewett, Jane Carnegie, Shirley Randell); and "Research, Decision Making and Action in Other Functional Areas of Government, and Internationally" (Rod McDonald, Don Anderson, Chris Selby Smith, Peter Winsley, Russell Rumberger). Sections 1-6 also include summaries of other matters raised in the discussion period. The final plenary discussion is summarized in section 7. Several presentations also include substantial bibliographies. Appended are the following: background paper on VET research utilization that was circulated to the symposium participants; symposium program; and symposium findings. (MN)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Education, Conferences, Decision Making, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Research Utilization, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Vocational Education

Centre for the Economics of Education and Training, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, 3168, Australia.

Autor: Smith, Chris Selby, Ed.


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