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History of Vocational Education and Training in Europe

Cases, Concepts and Challenges


Edited By Esther Berner and Philipp Gonon

Understanding today’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) systems requires a comprehension of the rise and development, i.e. of the foundations of topical VET. This book provides a comparative view of its development in Europe. The contributions of renowned authors give insight into conceptual questions, cases and challenges in this field.

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Vocational School Policy in Germany in the Context of Securing State Legitimacy


Abstract: The paper draws on a theoretical approach, using the concept of “legitimacy”, to sketch out the development of the construction of legitimacy by the state and its particular relationship with vocational schools in Germany, both historically and with regard to contemporary developments. A recent array of examples is comprised of political reactions from vocational school policy to globalization related issues as well as changes in the context of European Integration. Implications for and limitations of policy development will be discussed vis-à-vis vocational schools.

1.  Introduction

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