Overview: The Technical and Vocational Education and Training Profession

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Title Overview: The Technical and Vocational Education and Training Profession
Author Billett, Stephen Richard
Book Title International Handbook of Education for the Changing World of Work
Editor R McClean, D N Wilson & C Chinien
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Dordrecht
Publisher Springer
Abstract The teaching profession within the broader sector of Technical, Vocational Education and Training is differentiated by the way in which this educational provision is manifested in a particular country, the institutions within that country, and what purposes it seeks to serve at a particular moment in that country's social and economic development. As a sector of education that is often seen as needing to be highly responsive to changes in the kinds of skills and knowledge that countries require to develop, it has particular cultural impetuses and forms. Not the least of these is the degree to which its purposes are aligned with developing directly the skills required for work by the community or some other educational goal, such as more general competencies associated with the quality of working life. For instance, a longstanding debate within Western countries, but evident in practice elsewhere (e.g., Brazil, China and Russia) is the degree to which vocational education should be focused on developing specific vocational knowledge and skills, or comprise a form of education that has an orientation towards paid vocations. That is, whether workplace competence or general education is its primary educational goal. In other countries, this division of purposes takes particular forms. For instance, as contributors in this collection propose, the emphasis on particular values or ideologies or moral education are to be developed alongside workplace competence in China and Russia, whereas there are requests from Brazilian contributors for a reinstatement of values associated with collective and individual needs.
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5281-1_77
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Springer. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Volume 3
Chapter Number VIII.1
Page from 1175
Page to 1184
ISBN 978-1-4020-5280-4
Date Accessioned 2009-09-09
Date Available 2011-05-12T07:01:43Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29181
Publication Type Book Chapter (Non-Composite)
Publication Type Code b2

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