Papers & Workshops



What Price Professionalism?


Christine Riddell

School of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

The ALBE and TESOL national associations have publicly endorsed the need for increased professionalism to meet the emerging diversification of demands placed upon practitioners. Recent Federal Government changes to tertiary funding appear to be at odds with this objective. This paper provides an interim report on the findings of a national survey aimed at obtaining information regarding the impact of such policies on enrolments in postgraduate Literacy/TESOL programs. It commences with a brief historical overview of federal changes to establish the context for discussion. It then reports on such aspects as the range of courses offered, trends in the type of funding being adopted (HECS, Full Fees or Dual Modes), the differentiation in costs involved and changes in participation rates. The future viability of such programs will be indicated.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000