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Vocational Education beyond Skill Formation

VET between Civic, Industrial and Market Tensions


Edited By 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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Implementation of Sustainability into Germany’s VET-System by Means of Model Projects: A Review on the Years 2005 to 2015 (Burkhard Vollmers / Werner Kuhlmeier)


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Implementation of Sustainability into Germany’s VET-System by Means of Model Projects: A Review on the Years 2005 to 2015

This contribution provides an overview about the strategies and instruments used in Germany to transform the complete VET-system according to principles of sustainability. Predominantly this happened by the realization of complex model projects involving practitioners and educational or vocational scientists. The following illustration focuses on the last 10 years and delivers a short insight into the future at the end. In Germany there is a big regulatory institution in the background of all strategies, techniques and achievements concerning the implementation of sustainability into Germany’s VET-system. It is the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, often referred to as the BIBB (German shortcut).

1.  Institutional frameworks of the implementation of innovations into Germany’s VET-system

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