AVETRA is Australasia’s only national, independent association of researchers in vocational education and training (VET). Amongst the range of services AVETRA offers, we produce VET research publications including Research Today – an electronic magazine that shares and celebrates VET practitioner research. This may be research about VET or research and innovation with and for VET’s industry and community partners.
AVETRA recognises that there is an enormous body of research – often not called “research” – being done by VET practitioners. Sometimes this is innovation support for industry and community stakeholders, sometimes this is industry-themed or VET-themed inquiry. Sometimes it is the scholarship of teaching and learning that leads to innovation in delivery and assessment within VET.
This practitioner-based and applied research is the focus of Research Today. This is the forum where VET practitioners share the innovative skills and knowledge creation projects that they are working on, often in partnership with industry and community. AVETRA hopes that the dissemination of VET practitioner research methods and outcomes will help to build the capacity of the whole sector.
Research Today is released twice a year with publication usually in the months of April and October. The most recent edition is on the AVETRA website: https://www.avetra.org.au/data/Research_Today_Oct_2020.pdf
Andrew Williamson, the Editor of Research Today, on behalf of AVETRA’s President Steven Hodge, is excited to invite contributions for the next Research Today magazine:
- Articles should be of around 1000-1500 words and on topics of interest to AVETRA members and the wider VET community (including researchers, academics, VET practitioners and other stakeholders).
- Articles on VET practitioner-led and applied research are especially welcome.
- Articles should include the aims of the research, how information was collected, and key findings.
- If you refer to academic literature, your piece should include the references and a reference list.
- If you refer to information owned by your industry or community partner, it is vital that the partner has granted permission for you to submit your article.
Contributions are due by 19 March 2021.
If you or your colleagues would like to contribute to the magazine, then please contact Andrew Williamson via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0400 403 755 for more information. Please promote this call for content to your colleagues and networks.