Positive Learning Experiences
The focus of this paper is not to address the public perception of TVET, but rather how TVET institutions can reconfigure themselves into institutions that provide a viable education alternative. The discussions in this paper are framed within the context of the institutional environment and its role in shaping student experiences. The type of learning environment created within a particular institution has the potential to either enhance or limit the learning experience. Various studies exploring institutional environments indicate a strong link between the institutional environment and student achievement. According to these studies elements of the institutional environment such as buildings, governance, resources, student services and culture are central to creating positive learning experiences (Stevenson, 2007; Earthman, 2004: 18; McGregor, 2004).
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