Applied Research and Reflective Practice in VET (EDTAS1204)

The course uses the ‘Boyer’ framework of scholarship (Boyer, 1996), introducing theoretical, reflective and critical understandings of vocational education and training (VET) and VET practice, and developing research techniques. The Boyer framework of scholarship has four components: Discovery, Integration, Application and Teaching. The course begins with applying existing research on curriculum and assessment to the VET field of practice, and the integration of pieces of scholarship and research in a field to develop new understanding. It then examines literature on VET teachers' development and practice, examining the use of new knowledge to improve professionalism and teaching. The course ends with the ‘Discovery component’: students carry out an original research project. Students undertake all stages of conceptualising, planning, implementing and writing up a small research project in VET or in students' industry or discipline area.

The course is taught online and with printed learning materials. For more information, contact the course coordinator, Erica Smith at

Single subject short-course cost: $1,050

Program code: XUG6

When you apply, you will need to select the semester in which you want to study. The course is always offered in Semester 2 (late July to early December) and is also often offered in Semester 1 (late February to early June). You'll also need to enter the program code (XUG6), and, in the appropriate place, the course code, which is EDTAS1204.

How to apply

  1. Navigate to
  2. Login/ register if you are a new applicant to Federation University.
  3. Select semester of commencement (Semester 1 or 2).
  4. Type the program code that relates to your desired course and click search.
  5. Select the program and complete application - please include the name of the course you would like to enrol into in the personal statement section. 
  6. Submit.

Note. Each course you want to enrol in will need a separate application.