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Just a Process

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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‘As tears go by…’: Changin’ views on the relations between research, practice and politics - Lorenz Lassnigg


73 ‘As tears go by…’: Changin’ views on the relations between research, practice and politics Lorenz Lassnigg This contribution reflects on how the author has changed his views about the relationships in the triangle between research, practice and politics through the years he collaborated with Anja, which are the most part of his working life. The views were always somehow different, as Anja has been always more critical, whereas the author has tended to be more of a ‘believer’, at least towards certain aspects, and being critical to others. Anja’s preoccupation was always with cul- ture, whereas this concept was for a long time more or less outside of his atten- tion, considered as a somehow unclear concept, being more of private than of professional interest for him. The author’s preoccupation was always with poli- tics, and with the possibilities of research to influence politics, or rather policies, in a positive way, making it more rational and more just, or at least more equita- ble. The title should signal some regret, and also some retreat. The first sponta- neous idea has been ‘as times go by’. Then, soon the memory of the title and the melancholic mood of the song by the Rolling Stones ‘As Tears Go By’ came up. It should mean that in the past there had been tears about what could not have been achieved, however, these tears have ‘gone by’ somehow, because the orig- inally desired achievements may finally turn out as being unrealistic anyway,...

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