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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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Reflections on time and networking - Rudolf Husemann and Maija Vesala-Husemann


39 Reflections on time and networking Rudolf Husemann and Maija Vesala-Husemann First Part: Maija In order to develop understanding of a phenomenon it is good to have a look to the starting period. A sentence found on my notes made when following the de- bate and discussion of Anja’s dissertation work. These notes, in spite of some turbulent movements of home (library), are still available, and as we – Rudolf and I – got the invitation to contribute to an Anniversary Publication to celebrate Anja’s 60th Birthday I scanned the notes through for refreshing my memory and inspiration for ideas and shared them with Rudolf. The dissertation is written in Finnish, like my notes and our discussion happened in a mixture of German and our common Lingua franca English. In spite of the attempt to use only English, we are not able to avoid that this mixture of languages will be visible in the fol- lowing text. During our discussion three topics emerged: time, network and re- search on VET. The first meetings of the network co-ordinated by Anja had started already before her dissertation was published and I as Anja’s student had had an oppor- tunity to participate in some of these early meetings. By this time I had already some preliminary understanding of the research interests of Anja. When the date for the defence of the dissertation was agreed, I was very eager to join the public event and listen to the discussion. The public defence of Anja´s doctoral...

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