Journal for Vocational and Continuing Education and Training

The Institute for Post-School Studies (IPSS) at the University of the Western Cape is pleased to announce the launch of a new academic journal, the Journal for Vocational and Continuing Education and Training (JOVCET). This launch follows an intensive period of research, discussion and reflection around the need for, and scope of the new journal.


 

Background to the establishment of the new academic journal

Within the ambit of ‘post-schooling’ which in the South African context is directed at all those beyond the age of compulsory formal and general education, are youth and adults in public and private vocational colleges, adult learning centres, and universities; those employed and unemployed (White Paper on Post-School Education and Training, 2013).

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The focus of the new journal

The Journal for Vocational and Continuing Education and Training recognises the need for critical engagement through studies in TVET and Adult/Continuing education and training, and for encouraging critical scrutiny of this expansive knowledge area on the African continent.

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Taking the journal forward

The Launch symposium will host an exciting array of international and local scholars in vocational and continuing education, who will present on their recent work in a range of research contexts. A first meeting of the Editorial Advisory Committee will also take place during this time. Two days of stimulating, creative and instructive debate and discussion will lay the foundation for papers to be invited and selected for the first edition of the journal that is scheduled for 2018. The intention is to meet the criteria of the Department of Higher Education and Training for a fully accredited academic journal within the stipulated timeframes. We look forward to your participation in this ground-breaking initiative.

We acknowledge the support of the Education Policy Consortium (EPC) who provided an initial seed-funding grant to conduct the scoping research and to convene a journal development workshop in October 2016. The encouragement of the Department of Higher Education and Training and the University of the Western Cape is also gratefully acknowledged, as is the advice and support of the workshop team in assisting to get the journal development to this stage. 

We thank the MerSETA for recognising the need to build research capacity in the post-school domain. Their support for this Journal forms part of a broader strategic partnership that is making a significant contribution to TVET scholarship.

The establishment of the Journal is partly supported by a grant from the Department of Higher Education and Training /European Union as part of the Teaching and Learning Development Capacity Improvement Programme.

Prof. Joy Papier
Director, IPSS