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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 (http://peda.net/veraja/uta/vetculture). 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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Coda – Just a Process: Collaborative teaching, research and networking

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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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