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Vocational Education beyond Skill Formation

VET between Civic, Industrial and Market Tensions


Fernando Marhuenda-Fluixá

Vocational education and training has played an important role in the struggles between Work and Capital along history and today; there are examples of such tensions worldwide. The first section of this book provides illustrations of different countries from the 18th to the early 20th century. The authors explain and exemplify the education of the workforce and its political engagement, contributing to the formation of the working class. The chapters provide relevant approaches to how young apprentices and adult workers developed a class consciousness through vocational education. The second section illustrates practices of resistance and transformation within policies and practices of vocational education nowadays in Central and Southern Europe and South America, addressing the needs of people with disabilities and dispossessed populations. The final section analyses how theories and policies intertwine resulting in the idiosyncrasy of vocational education practices across the world, through tensions between logics and institutional actors. The book addresses the political dimensions of Vocational Education and problematizes its mere consideration as an instrumental tool in skill formation.

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Míriam Abiétar López. Research Personnel in Training at the University of Valencia (Spain). Her work is focused on the development of a conceptualization of social justice applied to the analysis of educational programs and to the role they play in the transitions of youth at risk of educational and social exclusion.

Aikaterini Arkoudi-Vafea IEK Lemnou, Greece. Aikaterini is the Director of Vocational Training Institute of Lemnos as well as Information and Communications Technology adult educator.

Esther Berner is a professor for education with focus on the history of ideas and discourse history at the Helmut-Schmidt-Universität in Hamburg. Her fields of research comprise the history of vocational education and training, history of science and philosophy of education.

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