There are university degrees and then there are TAFE NSW degrees. But
what's the difference?
You have a choice. A university degree. Or a TAFE NSW degree. How do
Traditionally a university degree is heavy on the theory and involves
many hours sitting in vast lecture halls, often with up to 100 or more
By contrast, a TAFE NSW degree involves a large amount of practical,
hands-on learning. True, there's still some theory-based learning
involved, but it's generally the practical component that dominates
the training. And with much smaller, more intimate classes than
university, TAFE NSW has no need for vast lecture halls.
[quote]So does this difference in learning style actually matter?
After all, isn't a degree still a degree whether it's from university
or TAFE NSW?[/quote]
Well… yes and no.
The whole point of a degree is that it's supposed to signify its
holder has attained a certain level of knowledge in their chosen
field. But simply attaining knowledge in the first place isn't much
use if the brain isn't able to hang onto it after final exams.
In other words, it's about retaining the knowledge
as well as attaining it. And that's where different
learning methods can result in vastly different outcomes.
Anyone who's ever sat in one of those vast lecture halls with someone
down the front "instructing" them can attest to the low
retention rate this method usually results in. A person is much more
likely to remember something that they've actually done themselves or
shown someone else how to do.
The famous Learning
Pyramid is a good visual representation of this. The upper four
levels (lecture, reading, audio visual and demonstration) are deemed
passive learning methods and these generally tend to have low
In contrast, the lower three levels (discussion group, practice by
doing and teaching others) are deemed active learning methods. And
it's these active methods that result in much higher retention rates,
especially over the longer term.
Put another way, the more hands-on the method of teaching, the more
knowledge a student will retain. And this is one of TAFE NSW's major
strengths. With an emphasis on the practical rather than the
theoretical, what you learn at TAFE NSW is likely to stay with you
forever. It's the advantage of getting your hands dirty.
Browse the full TAFE NSW
course list and enrol today!