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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 Recent History of Vocational Education in Brazil: The Qualification of the Workforce and its Empowerment through Critisicm and Mobilization (Tânia Suely Antonelli Marcelino Brabo)


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The Recent History of Vocational Education in Brazil: The Qualification of the Workforce and its Empowerment through Criticism and Mobilization

1.  Vocational education in Brazil

Vocational education in Brazil begins in 1909 with the creation of 19 schools of arts and crafts by the State. These schools were intended to promote actions with the poor population, removing of the streets the excluded, orphans and destitute to give them moral education. The creation of these schools had no relation to the process of production and industrialization was, at that moment, almost nonexistent. (Aranha 1996 apud Silva 2010).

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