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Amartya Sen's capability approach and the brokering of learning provision for young adults
journal contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Roberta HarreveldRoberta Harreveld, M Singh
Abstract: This paper argues that Amartya Sen's (Development as freedom, New York: Random House, 1999) concept of "capabilities" provides a useful framework for interpreting the brokering of learning provisions that emerged as a key feature of reforms to education and training in Queensland (Australia) for young people. Sen's capability approach is presented as a way of understanding the place of vocational learning in capability deprivation and enhancement. Methodologically, this account comes from a case study of the reforms' birthing and trial phases (2000-2006) (Harreveld and Singh 2007, Queensland's education and training reforms for the future: the journey so far in senior phase learning. Brisbane, Qld: Department of Education, Training and the Arts). Evidence about the brokering of learning provision for young people comes from Queensland's youth support coordinators, community mentoring scheme, flexible learning services and a work readiness program.