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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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On comparing. Or: The struggle for history and culture. A tribute to Anja Heikkinen - Matthias Vonken


127 On comparing. Or: The struggle for history and culture. A tribute to Anja Heikkinen Matthias Vonken When I was asked to write an essay for an anthology for Anja’s anniversary, the demand was not to write a scientific article as usual but something “what I ever wanted to say to Anja”. This is quite a challenge for me because usually it isn’t a problem to talk to her in a direct way and I thus haven’t much to say what I couldn’t do in one of the annual conferences. But then I remembered the issue of history and culture and its unsolved problems and innumerous attempts to in- clude them in the work of the “VET & Culture Network”… The VET & Culture Network, for which Anja is some kind of spiritus rector, wants to bring together researchers and scholars from Europe and (in the mean- time) from all over the world to discuss issues e.g., concerning comparative VET with a cultural and historical perspective. That is so far part of the pro- gram. As I joined the network during the conference in Erfurt in 2002, many as- pects of very different parts of VET were discussed, besides the role of history and culture. In the following years, this was perpetuated. In every conference there was a part on reflections of the network and its future, and always Anja demanded to include the role of history and culture more than it happened in the past. Nothing changed. In the conference in...

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