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Didactical narratives as part of educating for vocational excellence: Articulating relationships between techne and phronesis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
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The focus of this paper is on education for vocational excellence (the combination of virtue and good judgment or phronesis/practical wisdom) through an examination of an episode 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 craft 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 practice that is less articulated than it could 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 a story he tells of his own deliberations in teaching bookbinding. The narrative presented is a clear example of how teaching skill is often entwined with teaching vocational excellence. The conclusion is that by collecting a wide number of narratives in apprentice-master settings it would be possible to map and analyze a field of practical knowledge of relevance both for practitioners and for scholars.

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Aristotle, Phronesis, Narrative, Craft, Biography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127580OAI: diva2:910017
Available from: 2016-03-08 Created: 2016-03-08 Last updated: 2016-03-16

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