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What is excellence in practice?: Empirical explorations of vocational Bildung and practical wisdom through case narratives
Stockholm University. (VETYL)
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Abstract [en]

The approach of vocational Bildung didactics (VBD) has been developed to investigate practical knowledge in matters of education for Bildung and phronesis (practical wisdom). Case narratives of unusual richness or success are at the core of the approach, each case representing an articulation of someone’s practical knowledge. The concept of a practice as developed by MacIntyre is introduced here as a way of situating the practical knowledge of Bildung and phronesis gained from case narratives. A series of case studies are discussed in order to examine the practices thus surfaced. The result is a differentiation of MacIntyre’s concept in two directions: one more specific called vocational practice and one more general called a cultural practice. This differentiation is then applied to the case studies and it is argued that it helps illuminate aspects of them that previously were difficult to comprehend within the framework of VBD. The conclusion is that biographical cases where cultural and vocational practices intersect are uniquely positioned to afford knowledge of how such intersections have been achieved through education and what they have meant for the person initiated into such matrixes. This, in turn, contributes to the insight with which we are able to design vocational education and training (VET) curricula that support initiation into dynamic vocational practices with a focus on the internal goods and virtues possible to develop through them.

Keyword [en]
Practice; Practical wisdom; Bildung; Narrative; MacIntyre; Excellence; Vocational education; Practical knowledge
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137295OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-137295DiVA: diva2:1061528
Available from: 2017-01-02 Created: 2017-01-02 Last updated: 2017-01-09
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