When expectations clash: vocational education at the intersection of workplace and school
2016 (English)In: Interchange, ISSN 0826-4805, E-ISSN 1573-1790, Vol. 47, no 1, 51-63 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Next to highly regarded varieties of apprenticeship-based vocational education there are, in many countries, forms of mainly school-based VET (voca- tional education and training) that suffer from a clash of expectations between schools and workplaces as sites of vocational education. School-based VET is viewed as of lesser value compared to work experience or workplace based training and one reason for such negative views on mainly school-based VET is the lack of authentic work-related experiences in schools. In what follows I will, based on a case study of a social development project, argue that there is a potential hybrid form of school-based VET that could deal with this issue of authenticity by working around the usual binary of school and workplace. This has resulted in some sug- gestions for how to reconsider vocational education curricula in schools, aiming at authentic learning environments through the systematic enactment of social and cultural developmental projects. The result is not only a way of dealing with the problems that face school-based VET but an argument for how to take advantage of schools being predominantly cultural institutions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 47, no 1, 51-63 p.
vocational education, curriculum, social development, liberal arts
Research subject Education; Educational Sciences in Arts and Professions
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123146DOI: 10.1007/s10780-015-9271-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-123146DiVA: diva2:871916