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Generic competencies and workplace reform in the Australian construction industry

Funding: 1998: $48,300
1999: $48,300
2000: $32,200

Project Member(s): Hager, P.

Funding or Partner Organisation: NSW Department of Public Works and Services (NSW Dept of Public Works Partner Funds)
Australian Research Council (ARC SPIRT (Strategic Partnerships with Industry Re)

Start year: 1998

Summary: The proposal focuses on two pressing, inter-related problems in the construction industry: the need to move away from narrow, task-based views of competence, and the need to advance workplace reform. The research will examine generic competencies in construction companies, in the context of relevant and current workplace reform initiatives. The issue of transferability of generic competencies is central, as it has been identified by industry as a major concern. Conclusions will be drawn for immediate use by the participating enterprises, by the construction industry broadly, and for development of practice and policy for industrial training.

Publications:

Hager, P 2006, 'Nature and Development of Generic Attributes' in Hager, P & Holland, S (eds), Graduate Attributes, Learning and Employability, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 17-47.
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Hager, P 2004, 'The conceptualisation and measurement of learning at work' in Rainbird, H, fuller, A & Munro, A (eds), Workplace Learning in Context, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 242-258.
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Hager, P 2004, 'Front-loading, workplace learning and skill development', Educational Philosophy and Theory, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 523-534.
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Hager, P & Smith, E 2004, 'The inescapability of significant contextual learning in work', London Review of Education, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 33-46.
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Crowley, S, Garrick, J & Hager, P 2000, 'Constructing work: generic competencies and workplace reform in the Australian construction industry', Future research, research futures: proceedings of the third national conference of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA), Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association, Canberra, pp. 68-74.

Hager, P, Crowley, S & Garrick, J 2000, 'Soft skills in a hard industry: how developing generic competencies may assist the learning of the small building contractor', Learning together, working together: building communities in the 21st century: Proceedings of the 8th Annual International Conference on Post-Compulsory Education and Training, Australian Academic Press, Gold Coast, Queensland, pp. 109-117.

FOR Codes: Post Secondary Education, TECHNICAL AND FURTHER EDUCATION