Lydia Harrell and Dani Mao from the OPAIC Applied Management Team presented at two conferences in China in mid-October.
Their abstract, titled ‘A model for integrating transferable skills into the Chinese Vocational Education Curriculum’ was selected to be presented at the 7th Sino NZ Vocational Education and Training Model Symposium held in Qingdao Technical College, Qingdao City on October 14 and 15.
The Symposium demonstrates the shared commitment between the New Zealand and the Chinese Ministries of Education, and showcases best practice in the delivery of vocational teaching.
Their presentation was also selected among the few to be presented at the 2019 China Annual Conference for International Education & Expo (CACIE) held in Beijing, China from October 17 to 21.
Their presentation emphasised the urgent need to integrate transferable skills into the vocational education curriculum of China, highlighting the gaps in the current workplace training policy which has an extensive focus on technical skills.
The pair proposed a model for integrating transferable skills in Chinese vocational education in areas such as curriculum design, teaching & delivery methods, and modes of assessment.
The proposed model takes an integrated approach where transferable skills will be integrated into regular coursework. The presentation covered frameworks which can be used to teach and develop skills explicitly along with the core discipline.