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Velde, Christine – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2009
The Chinese economy is now a major driver of growth in the world economy. As a consequence, significant reforms were introduced which impacted on its educational systems. China is facing unprecedented pressure to produce skilled individuals to meet the demands of this rapid growth. China is in the unique position of operating in a dual system,…
Descriptors: Curriculum Research, Free Enterprise System, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Velde, Christine – Journal of Vocational Education and Training: The Vocational Aspect of Education, 1999
Examines the current understanding of competence and move toward a holistic perspective. Uses examples from research to develop an interpretive-relational perspective in which the individual's conception of competence cannot be separated from the context of their work, situation, and experience. (SK)
Descriptors: Competence, Competency Based Education, Holistic Approach, Research Needs
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Velde, Christine; Cooper, Tom J.; Harrington, Sandra; Mailler, Emma – Journal of Vocational Education and Training: The Vocational Aspect of Education, 1999
Vocational educators (n=12) in an Australian boys' school's apprenticeship program viewed vocational education pragmatically and were concerned that their courses and students were perceived as inferior. They predominantly used a project-oriented approach and a facilitative teaching style. (SK)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Education Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, High Schools
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Gerber, Rod; Velde, Christine – Journal of Vocational Education and Training: The Vocational Aspect of Education, 1996
Phenomenographic analysis of written statements of 52 clerical-administrative workers revealed five distinct conceptions of competence: (1) basic skills; (2) essential knowledge about a job; (3) personal attributes; (4) efficient work; and (5) flexible, holistic thinking. (SK)
Descriptors: Administrators, Clerical Workers, Competence, Foreign Countries
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Velde, Christine – Journal of Vocational Education and Training: The Vocational Aspect of Education, 1997
A survey of 52 administrators and clerical-administrative personnel in Australia found that clerical training was acquired largely on the job; only one-third regularly update skills; 39.3% perceived assessment to be competency based; and a focus on technical skills was counter to employers' emphasis on interpersonal/communication skills. (SK)
Descriptors: Clerical Workers, Competence, Foreign Countries, Job Skills
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Gerber, Rod; Velde, Christine – Journal of Vocational Education and Training: The Vocational Aspect of Education, 1997
Interviews with 6 managers and 18 nonmanagers in clerical-administrative positions indicated the following: (1) they saw their role as either intelligent support, technical, advisor, or multiskilled pivotal employee; (2) duties depended on relationships with other workers; and (3) nonmanagers had a narrower vision of competence. (SK)
Descriptors: Clerical Occupations, Competence, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries