A binary system of tertiary education: Past ideas, contemporary policy and future possibilities

Francesca Beddie

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Abstract

    This paper draws on a project examining the binary policy of higher education formulated in Australia in the mid-1960s. Its purpose is to discuss history as a policy tool and research impact. The historical analysis identified several enduring problems - beyond the central matter of funding - in tertiary education: insufficient diversity; obstacles to seamless pathways; competition for research dollars; and overly complex governance. Senior figures in Australian tertiary education discussed these themes. The author drew on their bold thinking to present sketches for a new educational landscape. History sparked fresh ideas. The project was being completed as the government proposed to uncap tuition fees and reduce public funding for university study. Its findings did not gain much attention when published because of the misfit between the pace of research and policy development, modest dissemination and the political focus of the debate on fees. It would be possible to assess any longer-term impact using an approach developed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5-15
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Training Research
    Volume13
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Fingerprint

    funding
    tuition fee
    impact research
    education
    Vocational Education
    historical analysis
    history
    fee
    dollar
    development policy
    governance
    university
    present

    Cite this

    @article{dc9d359003394caba3f1b069fc26214f,
    title = "A binary system of tertiary education: Past ideas, contemporary policy and future possibilities",
    abstract = "This paper draws on a project examining the binary policy of higher education formulated in Australia in the mid-1960s. Its purpose is to discuss history as a policy tool and research impact. The historical analysis identified several enduring problems - beyond the central matter of funding - in tertiary education: insufficient diversity; obstacles to seamless pathways; competition for research dollars; and overly complex governance. Senior figures in Australian tertiary education discussed these themes. The author drew on their bold thinking to present sketches for a new educational landscape. History sparked fresh ideas. The project was being completed as the government proposed to uncap tuition fees and reduce public funding for university study. Its findings did not gain much attention when published because of the misfit between the pace of research and policy development, modest dissemination and the political focus of the debate on fees. It would be possible to assess any longer-term impact using an approach developed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.",
    author = "Francesca Beddie",
    year = "2015",
    doi = "10.1080/14480220.2015.1051345",
    language = "English",
    volume = "13",
    pages = "5--15",
    journal = "International Journal of Training Research",
    issn = "1448-0220",
    publisher = "Taylor and Francis Ltd.",
    number = "1",

    }

    A binary system of tertiary education: Past ideas, contemporary policy and future possibilities. / Beddie, Francesca.

    In: International Journal of Training Research, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2015, p. 5-15.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - A binary system of tertiary education: Past ideas, contemporary policy and future possibilities

    AU - Beddie, Francesca

    PY - 2015

    Y1 - 2015

    N2 - This paper draws on a project examining the binary policy of higher education formulated in Australia in the mid-1960s. Its purpose is to discuss history as a policy tool and research impact. The historical analysis identified several enduring problems - beyond the central matter of funding - in tertiary education: insufficient diversity; obstacles to seamless pathways; competition for research dollars; and overly complex governance. Senior figures in Australian tertiary education discussed these themes. The author drew on their bold thinking to present sketches for a new educational landscape. History sparked fresh ideas. The project was being completed as the government proposed to uncap tuition fees and reduce public funding for university study. Its findings did not gain much attention when published because of the misfit between the pace of research and policy development, modest dissemination and the political focus of the debate on fees. It would be possible to assess any longer-term impact using an approach developed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

    AB - This paper draws on a project examining the binary policy of higher education formulated in Australia in the mid-1960s. Its purpose is to discuss history as a policy tool and research impact. The historical analysis identified several enduring problems - beyond the central matter of funding - in tertiary education: insufficient diversity; obstacles to seamless pathways; competition for research dollars; and overly complex governance. Senior figures in Australian tertiary education discussed these themes. The author drew on their bold thinking to present sketches for a new educational landscape. History sparked fresh ideas. The project was being completed as the government proposed to uncap tuition fees and reduce public funding for university study. Its findings did not gain much attention when published because of the misfit between the pace of research and policy development, modest dissemination and the political focus of the debate on fees. It would be possible to assess any longer-term impact using an approach developed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

    U2 - 10.1080/14480220.2015.1051345

    DO - 10.1080/14480220.2015.1051345

    M3 - Article

    VL - 13

    SP - 5

    EP - 15

    JO - International Journal of Training Research

    JF - International Journal of Training Research

    SN - 1448-0220

    IS - 1

    ER -