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History of Vocational Education and Training in Europe

Cases, Concepts and Challenges


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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Schools for Workers? Industrial and Artistic Industrial Schools in Italy (1861–1913)


Abstract: This paper aims at investigating the qualitative and quantitative history of industrial and artistic industrial schools in Italy between 1861 and 1913. It assesses their legislative evolution from a comparative and transnational perspective, focusing on Prussian and French influence on education. The political, social and cultural aims of educating and shaping workers’ identity by help of this kind of schools is highlighted through the analysis of booklets and official papers. However, a quantitative record of vocational regional enrolment shows the narrow dimension of this kind of school.

1.  Introduction

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