[vet-mm] Examiners Report 06

Susan Bell Susan.Bell at wesleycollege.net
Mon Jul 16 17:59:05 EST 2007

I've always assumed everyone was aware that we were talking about the
exam and the scripting questions in particular - not the Cert III
Regards, Sue

>>> claire at warrandytehigh.vic.edu.au 07/16/07 4:47 PM >>>
Hi Paul,
I don't think Cert. III is aimed too high for VET in schools. Perhaps
others disagree and would say the scripting module is too hard, but I
think some teachers would say that the way in which the examiners
interpret this module is too hard. A subtle difference but very

Certainly, it has been acknowledged many times that there is
insufficient time in a typical secondary school to come anywhere near
the recommended hours for the Cert III modules. If any school has
achieved it, I'd love to pay them a visit! So this is definitely an
issue with the training package in schools.

However, I believe most of us do a pretty good job of covering the
demands of the course, particularly given the training package is
deliberately vague and is not a curriculum document as such. 
My understanding is that it is written so it can be applied to a variety
of training situations. It has built in flexibility and is supposed to
be adapted to the training environment. Terms like "broad knowledge
of...." can be intrepreted in many ways and could vary in different
So whilst most teachers would like a clearer curriculum, I think we can,
and do, adapt the training package in a meaningful way. 

As I see it, the problem lies in trying to assess something as vague,
yet adaptable, as a training package with a state-wide exam. VCAA sets
an exam but teachers have very little to guide them in what might be
assessed. From my point of view, I wish the examiners (ie those employed
by VCAA) could make their interpretation of the training package clear
to us. Then we might understand the level that is expected. We may then
conclude we do not have the time or resources to teach to that level but
who really knows? 

My 2 cents worth...
Claire Bloom
Warrandyte High

PS does anyone know where the review of the training package is at...due

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