With an emphasis on the practical rather than the
theoretical, what you learn at TAFE is likely to stay with you forever
We all know that some methods of learning are considerably more
effective than others.
Anyone who's ever sat in a vast lecture hall with someone down the
front talking at them can probably attest to the low retention rate
this method usually results in. Similarly, you're far more likely to
remember something that you've actually done yourself or shown someone
else how to do.
The famous Learning Pyramid is a great visual representation of this.
The upper four levels, (lecture, reading, audio visual and
demonstration), are considered passive learning methods, while the
lower three levels, (discussion group, practice by doing and teaching
others), are considered active learning methods. It's these active
methods that result in a much higher percentage of information
retention, especially over the long term.
In other words, the more "hands-on" the method
of teaching, the more information the student will retain. And this is
one of TAFE NSW's principal strengths. With an emphasis on the
practical rather than the theoretical, what you learn at TAFE is
likely to stay with you forever. It's the advantage of getting your
TAFE's connection to industry is the other major advantage it has
over its rivals. This is a two-pronged advantage – strong industry
connections mean increased opportunities for students to secure jobs
through TAFE's contacts. It also means what the students are being
taught is consistent with current industry practices and standards,
which are changing all the time. TAFE's industry connections mean that
TAFE will always be "in the loop".
TAFE's strong industry connections are many and varied. They can be
in the form of specific centres of excellence, such as Riverina
Environment Centre at Albury, which sets the standard for
organic farming in the 21st century. They can be in the
form of specialist courses that have been designed with close industry
consultation, such as TAFE Western's Certificate
II course in Opal Cutting and Polishing at Lightning Ridge
Campus. Or they can also be in the form of TAFE teachers who are
themselves experts in their fields, such as award-winning
chocolatier and pastry chef, Dean Gibson, who passes on the
secrets of his trade to his students at Hunter TAFE's Hamilton Campus.
There's no doubt that the TAFE advantage can take you far. So come
and join the thousands of people who've already discovered this for themselves.