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Locating the Fault Line: The Intersection of Internationalisation and Competency-based Training


Heather McKay 
School of Education, Flinders University 
heather.mckay@unisa.edu.au

 

 

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Abstract

This paper agues that the Tertiary and Further Education system in Australia has responded to globalisation in two paradoxical ways; the pro-active response of internationalisation and the reactive response of competency-based training. Competency-based training currently has a strangle hold on the TAFE sector and education has become a process of domestication and reproduction rather than liberation and inspiration. Using Bateson's systems model and Foucault's notions of discourse, it is argued that direct resistance to competency-based training is not an effective strategy and may even prove counterproductive. Given that internationalisation is a discourse that is allowed in TAFE in the current context, it is argued that educators can use this as a tool to critique competency-based training and gain space for education that is liberatory and constructive. 

Globalisation, internationalisation, competency-based training, technical and further education, discourse

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McKay, H. (2004) Locating the Fault Line: The Intersection of Internationalisation and Competency-based Training. International Education Journal, 4 (4), 203-211.
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