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Views on the Relations between Research, Practice and Politics in the Sector of VET- Festschrift for Anja Heikkinen- Edited by Philipp Gonon, Lorenz Lassnigg and Manfred Wahle

Edited By Philipp Gonon, Lorenz Lassnig and Manfred Wahle

This book is dedicated as a Festschrift to Anja Heikkinen by her friends and colleagues from the VET & Culture Network hosted at Tampere University ( The chapters describe and reflect various aspects of this big endeavour in the field of European and international research in vocational education and training (VET), and shows the many facets of developing a wide and diverse research community that spans national borders. Renowned researchers discuss important issues of the history and future of VET, dealing with politics and institutions, gender and vocationalism, history and comparisons, and transitions. Very much can be read between the lines about how this community of research in VET has evolved during the decades, and how it struggles to proceed.


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Before the Network was born: Expert meets Non-Experts - Christina Düsseldorff


9 Before the Network was born: Expert meets Non-Experts Christina Düsseldorff In the late summer of 1990, the Berlin Wall was just knocked down; we (2 women, 2 men and a dog) lived in flat-sharing community in Bochum. One of them was my brother. After a long period as squatters everybody was lucky to live a peaceful life in our new and comfortable flat. At that time my brother worked as a doctor student at the chair of Karlwilhelm Stratmann at the Ruhr University in Bochum. Stratmann, one of the VET & Culture Network founders, once asked him, if we could shelter a young lady from Finland for a few months. She would like to come to Germany to do some research in VET for preparing her doctor thesis. As we were told, she did not have much money, something we were familiar with. Our community was used to host people in our flat. It was an open house where mainly artists, dancers or puppet-players with little money found a place to stay during their guest performance. But also other people came to stay for whatever reason. At that time I just had started to work in GDR (which still existed until Oc- tober 1990). As my new job was 700 km apart from Bochum near the border to Poland I only came back home for the week end. So we decided to offer the empty room to the young researcher. The only thing we knew about our future cohabitant...

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