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The community college concept in Tasmania : a case study

Frost, Michael J.(Michael John) 1985 , 'The community college concept in Tasmania : a case study', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The study is an historically—based account of the development
of Alanvale Community College, Launceston, Tasmania.
The decade from 1975 until the present represented a time of
significant change for Tasmanian education, as new policies for post—
compulsory education were shaped. At the heart of this development was
the concept of the community college.
Alanvale Community College was to have been a prototype in this
development. Planned initially as a Matriculation College for the
Northern suburbs of Launceston, it incorporated into its early planning
the notion of a broad—based educational initiative catering for
graduating High School students, local community interest groups and
technical college students. Its development was supported by a number
of major educational inquiries, and endorsed politically by the State
Government of the time.
Despite the broad approval and support for the community college
concept, it was abandoned after a relatively short period of time. The
collapse of the initiative represents something unusual for Tasmanian
education, which has tended to be characterized by educational
innovation and successful policy implementation.
Alanvale Community College was used as a case—study to provide a
descriptive and interpretive account of the forces that shaped the
attempt to implement policy for the new colleges. It also provides
historical evidence of the problems that were encountered in the attempt
to develop these colleges. In particular, the kinds of conflict of
interest that are associated with organizational mergers are traced
and identified. The study represents an attempt to provide a realworld
instance of serious intra-organizational dysfunction. Its
interpretive direction allows the delimitation of contributing
causes to the abandonment of both Alanvale Community College and the
policy initiative itself.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Frost, Michael J.(Michael John)
Keywords: Alanvale Community College, Community colleges, Education and state
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Thesis (M. Ed. Stud.) -- University of Tasmania, 1986. Bibliography: leaves 149-157

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