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Transforming vocational education and training in Finland: Uses of developmental work research approach
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4302-3478
2017 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Vocational Education and Training, ISSN 2242-458X, E-ISSN 2242-458X, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 22-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Vocational education and training (VET) is under reform in many Nordic countries. This article explores uses of developmental work research (DWR) approach in reforming and transforming practices of VET. DWR was initiated in Finland in the 1980s to enhance understanding about learning in organizations. The aim of this article is to elaborate the approach by examining studies made in the field of professional and vocational education and training, and thus to examine potentials and shortcomings of the approach. Eight DWR studies in the field of professional and vocational education and training are summarized, and three of them are elaborated. Contributions of the studies cover new tools, conceptualizations and methods for VET. Shortcomings bring forth researcher’s dual role and lack of evidence on sustainable development after study processes. In conclusion I state that DWR offers rich and solid theoretical and methodological tools for VET researchers. However, they need to develop concepts that combine different dimensions of research, and not to forget to elaborate their study results from societal and individual perspectives.

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2017. Vol. 7, no 2, p. 22-38
Keywords [en]
developmental work research, cultural-historical activity theory, vocational education and training
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Educational Sciences
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Educational Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-153153DOI: 10.3384/njvet.2242-458X.17v7i2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-153153DiVA, id: diva2:1184198
Available from: 2018-02-20 Created: 2018-02-20 Last updated: 2018-06-21Bibliographically approved

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