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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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The Role of VET into Social Participation and Self-determination of Disabled People as Full Citizens (Patricia Olmos-Rueda)


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The Role of VET into Social Participation and Self-determination of Disabled People as Full Citizens

1.  Introduction

Traditionally, vocational education and training (VET) has been directly linked to the labour market in terms of qualification and qualified workfoce. However, this point of view is a very restrictive view because VET goes beyong the labour market. It is worth highlighting VET provides of personal and social benefits and makes possible to achieve not only labour but also personal and social outcomes (CEDEFOP 2011). In terms of McMahon (2009), VET provides the person with marketed and non-marketed benefits.

According to this perspective, it is worth noting that VET, as a form of education, supports social inclusion and develops a crucial role into the indivual’s active participation in society. VET contributes to increase educational and labour participation, understood both education and work as forms of social and civic participation. In other words, VET contributes to the individual’s capacity to participate in society as full citizens, therefore contributing to the well-being of the individual and society (CEDEFOP 2011; Meuronen, Moon and Patecka 2014).

Focusing, for example, on the current labour market which require high levels of qualification and new mediating concepts to cope with demands of working effectively (Guile and Griffiths 2010), people’s difficulties for fulfilling these requirements prevent them from active participation and consequently they are at risk of exclusion so in many cases there are persistent...

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