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Educating for vocational excellence: The auto/biographical exploration of enacted craft pedagogy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2015 (English)In: Vocations and Learning, ISSN 1874-785X, E-ISSN 1874-7868, Vol. 8, no 2, 229-245 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The focus of this article is on education for vocational excellence (the combination of virtue and good judgment or phronesis/practical wisdom) through the examination of episodes from the auto/biographical study of master craftsman Wolfgang B. Vocational excellence is an issue sometimes discussed with regard to teacher training for schools and universities, often from an Aristotelian perspective, but less often when it comes to teaching and teacher training in the various models of crafts apprenticeship education that exist. Even though there is no lack of arguments made for the excellence one is able to develop in learning a craft there are fewer takes on how such educational aims have been enacted. This is problematic because teaching vocational knowledge, including excellence, thereby becomes a more tacit practice than it needs to be and more systematic reflection is inhibited.

I will be considering these problems through the educational biography of a master bookbinder, gilder and engraver, Mr. Wolfgang B., and two stories he tells, one of his education in Paris and one of his own deliberations in teaching bookbinding.

In doing this I am arguing for a systematic narrative approach to researching and teaching how to teach vocational excellence and by extension more generally with regard to teaching. This not only does justice to the particularity of practical wisdom but also calls attention to the imaginative character of being able to deliberate wisely.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 8, no 2, 229-245 p.
Keyword [en]
Aristotle, Phronesis, Narrative, Craft, Auto/Biography
National Category
Didactics
Research subject
Didactics; Educational Sciences in Arts and Professions
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113374DOI: 10.1007/s12186-015-9132-5ISI: 000358945400006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-113374DiVA: diva2:784899
Available from: 2015-01-31 Created: 2015-01-29 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically 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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Education, Stockholm University, 2015. 16 p.
Keyword
Bildung, vocational education, auto/biography, craft, reflective practice, narrative inquiry, curriculum, skill, technique
National Category
Didactics
Research subject
Didactics; Educational Sciences in Arts and Professions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113620 (URN)978-91-7649-073-0 (ISBN)
Presentation
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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