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
Coda – Just a Process: Collaborative teaching, research and networking
Collaborative teaching and research is a great concept. It is fostered also by EU policy. The writers of this Festschrift tried to live this idea in our intellectual ex- change without funding and any congress machines. Since the beginning of the VET & Culture Network in 1993, one achievement has been the discourse be- tween different local traditions, disciplines and sites of researchers who are in- volved in Vocational Education and Training. Nowadays it is quite fashionable to talk about „networks“. Indeed, the VET & Culture Network has currently celebrated its 20 years anniversary. This is not spectacular at a first glance. However, the concept and practice of the network is strongly linked to human beings who are willing to work together with others and who see in the encounter with different disciplines, opinions, but also feel- ings, a worthwhile and valuable activity. So an inter-woven discourse pattern evolved which is more than an internal mutual agreement of the networkers: it also has developed an impact for discussions in Europe. Thus, it is a resource for others outside network. Furthermore young students and researchers are encour- aged to follow the course of their intellectual travel and career, and to continue in crossing national borders and thinking modes. One person has been central for many people who continue to work like this. It is Anja Heikkinen from the North who developed such an enterprise and urged others to engage in these kinds of non-formal and informal debating and writing. The original idea was...
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