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Reflections on vocational Bildung didactics in vocational teacher education: two case studies
Stockholm University. (VETYL)
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of the ECER VETNET Conference 2016: Papers presented for the VETNET programme of ECER 2016 at Dublin (22-26 August 2016).: Nägele, Christof; Stalder, Barbara; Malloch, Marg; Gessler, Michael; Manning, Sabine (Eds.). Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [], Berlin, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Vocational education and training (VET) is a matter of teaching skills and the knowledge needed to perform vocational tasks. However, it is also about educating reflective practitioners (Schön 1983, 1987), supporting moral development and vocational ethics (Tyson 2015b, Corsten & Lempert 1997) and educating for the development of competences or key-qualifications (Rauner & Bremer 2004). These latter issues have been repeatedly argued on a philosophical or policy level and it has been established that the major part of this takes place in conjunction with skill-training and cannot be separated off from it (Rauner and Bremer 2004). There has been less work devoted to examining how such educational processes are encouraged and enacted, ie. their didactical aspects.

In previous research (Tyson 2015a, 2015b), part of which was presented at last years ECER/VET-NET (Didactical narratives as part of educating for vocational excellence: articulating relationships between techne and phronesis), I have argued that these issues can be conceptualized as vocational Bildung and explored empirically as a form of practical didactical knowledge narratively articulated as stories of vocational Bildung-experiences and affordances. The aim of this paper is to continue on the same line of inquiry with a presentation of further empirical research. This research is an attempt to take the concept of vocational Bildung didactics (VBD) and introduce it into two academically based vocational teacher education programs (one focusing on nursing teachers and one encompassing a multitude of different vocational teachers). This is a way of exploring how the conceptual framework developed can be brought back to practitioners and also to examine the ways in which this kind of inquiry changes as it transforms from an extensive single biographical case study into two less elaborate multiple case studies.

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Berlin, 2016.
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Didactics, Vocational education, Bildung, phronesis, Teacher education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-132807OAI: diva2:955186
Available from: 2016-08-24 Created: 2016-08-24 Last updated: 2016-08-24

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