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Aesthetic Bildung in Vocational Education: The Biographical Case of Bookbinding Master Wolfgang B. and His Apprenticeship
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2014 (English)In: Vocations and Learning, ISSN 1874-785X, E-ISSN 1874-7868, Vol. 7, no 3, 345-364 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the present article I will be discussing the importance attributed to aesthetic experiences in the vocational education of bookbinding master Wolfgang B. using the philosophy of Friedrich Schiller both to understand what constitutes these processes and to examine Schiller's thoughts in the light of his recollections. By doing this I hope to elaborate on a potential, and often overlooked, Bildung-related possibility or affordance at least in craft vocational education and training (VET) as well as to articulate a pattern that can be generalized from into other VET contexts. This leads to a richer understanding of the potentials inherent in teaching skills or capabilities and the pedagogy needed to elicit these as opposed to the belief that teaching technique is a straightforward and unambiguous issue of manual practice. These are in the realm of aesthetic and ethical learning potentials (given that such learning is never automatic) as well as in the connections that one might establish to various fields of scientific and cultural knowledge. Through all of this there emerges a partial description of a vocational Bildung tradition that has its roots in the teaching of crafts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 7, no 3, 345-364 p.
Keyword [en]
Apprenticeship, Bildung, Schiller, Aesthetic education, Bookbinding
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108207DOI: 10.1007/s12186-014-9120-1ISI: 000341493700005OAI: diva2:760301


Available from: 2014-11-03 Created: 2014-10-15 Last updated: 2015-02-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Vocational Bildung in action: A case study of the vocational education biography of master craftsman Wolfgang B.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vocational Bildung in action: A case study of the vocational education biography of master craftsman Wolfgang B.
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study looks at issues of Bildung and vocational education from a biographical perspective. These issues are conceptualized in terms of Bildung in action, developed in relation to Schön’s concept reflection in action; Bildung through making as a way of thinking about processes of Bildung connected to crafts; and Bildung in vocational contexts, ie. contexts of vocational education and work. The concepts are enriched through an extensive auto/biographical case study of master craftsman Wolfgang B.’s educational biography focusing on stories of Bildung where processes and actions are described as well as the curricular structure of his training. Some of these stories and aspects of the case have then been analyzed in two articles, one dealing with questions of aesthetic Bildung in vocational education using Schiller as conceptual lens and one dealing with educating for vocational excellence using Aristotle’s concepts techne and phronesis to understand the narratives analyzed. The results are an increased and differentiated understanding of Bildung in vocational contexts, especially as related to the coexistence of skill training with education for Bildung and the unique perspectives that auto/biographical studies of retired or semi-retired craftspeople bring to the field of research connecting biography, Bildung in action and vocational education.

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Stockholm: Department of Education, Stockholm University, 2015. 16 p.
Bildung, vocational education, auto/biography, craft, reflective practice, narrative inquiry, curriculum, skill, technique
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Didactics; Educational Sciences in Arts and Professions
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113620 (URN)978-91-7649-073-0 (ISBN)
2015-02-27, Ahlmannsalen, plan 3, hus U, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-02-05 Created: 2015-02-05 Last updated: 2016-03-16Bibliographically approved

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