Search results for: Vocational education
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This study aims to investigate whether the experiences of teachers in general education and vocational education differ because of differences in their working contexts and challenges. It also focuses the ways in which mentees perceive the results of peer-group mentoring (PGM) with regard the professional, personal and social dimensions of professional development. The findings reveal that the participants almost unanimously agreed that PGM is important throughout the entire teaching career. Furthermore, the findings show that there were few significant differences between the teacher groups. It was found that teachers in vocational education were more likely to agree that participation in PGM had influenced their working methods, as compared to their colleagues in general education. In addition, the results reveal that teachers in vocational education reported that they had been contacted more by their colleagues about their opinions and advice after participating in PGM meetings than had previously been the case.
Updated: Apr. 24, 2018
“… It’s Like the Immigrants Stick Together, The Stupid Ones, and The Ones Who Want to Learn Something”: Dynamics of Peer Relations, Social Categories, and Dropout in Vocational Educational Training
This article discusses how student identities are constituted through social categories and how this affects students’ educational trajectories. It demonstrates how dropping out is a long-term process involving social interactions between the students. It is based on a field study in which the author was enrolled as a student at the car mechanic program at a vocational education and training school. The various social categories emerge in contrast with each other and have fundamental influences in defining the students’ scope of action. The discussion calls for awareness of reproducing effects of taken-for-granted logics and discriminatory practices and for including identity-related perspectives on peer relations, when studying dropout.
Updated: Aug. 18, 2015
Teacher Induction, Identity, and Pedagogy: Hearing the Voices of Mature Early Career Teachers from an Industry Background
This article focuses in 12 career-change teachers from an industry background during their first 3 years as technology and Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) teachers in New South Wales, Australia. Through interviews, site visits, emails, and phone calls, a descriptive analysis was undertaken to investigate how these early career teachers had adapted to their new roles. The study investigated the ways in which these teachers ascribed meaning to their professional lives.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2015
Facing the Changing Demands of Europe: Integrating Entrepreneurship Education in Finnish Teacher Training Curricula
The current paper describes the ways in which entrepreneurship education is included in the curricula of Finnish teacher training. The current unstable situation in the EU requires not only economic arrangements, but also new approaches in other areas, such as education and its reform. As an implication for practice, the authors propose there could be more support for curriculum design of higher education at both national and EU level.
Updated: Sep. 15, 2013
Becoming a VET Teacher as a Second Career: Investigating the Determinants of Career Choice and their Relation to Perceptions about Prior Occupation
The authors examine the factors influencing the choice of a second career as a vocational education and training (VET) teacher in Switzerland. The results provide an examination of validity of the FIT-Choice scale in a new context, a picture of the determinants of VET teachers' career choice, and an analysis of the relations between perceptions of prior occupations and these determinants, controlling for individual characteristics.
Updated: Jun. 05, 2013
Incorporating Critical Thinking in the Pedagogical Content of a Teacher Education Programme: Does It Make A Difference?
This study assesses the effects of a critical thinking-based pedagogical course on student teachers’ content knowledge and CT disposition. Although the students who were exposed to CT-based instruction showed better progress in both academic achievement and CT disposition than in traditional instruction, this result was not statistically significant according to the Mixed Factorial ANOVA and ANCOVA results.
Updated: Mar. 24, 2013
The current paper reports on a study of the perspectives of new tutors teaching traditional vocational trades who recently commenced teaching in the Institutes of Technologies and Polytechnics (ITPs) sector in New Zealand. This paper focuses on the transformation process from expert trade worker to effective trades tutor, along with suggestions to assist the ‘boundary crossing’ process between two diverse vocational identities.
Updated: Feb. 27, 2013
The current article analyses the dilemmas and practical tensions in implementing competence-based vocational education. Eleven case studies were conducted in technical secondary vocational education. The results show that schools meet various fundamental issues in realising this approach. Characteristics like coaching, reflection and authenticity are scarcely found.
Updated: Feb. 07, 2012
This article presents findings from a questionnaire which was developed to explore students’ perceptions of career guidance by teachers during career conversations. Data were collected from 579 students from vocational schools in the Netherlands. Four different guidance profiles of teachers were identified. It was also found that during career conversations, teachers and students hardly talk about career subjects and mostly about school subjects.
Updated: Dec. 19, 2011
Taiwanese Technical Education Teachers’ Professional Development: An Examination of Some Critical Factors
The goal of the current study was to probe into the influences of task autonomy, organizational learning, and group cohesiveness on innovation of professional development by technical education teachers, and their relationships. The authors conducted a questionnaire survey on full-time teachers of 14 Taiwanese technical educational junior colleges.
Updated: Nov. 21, 2011