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A recruiter, a matchmaker, a firefighter: Swedish vocational teachers’ relational work
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5602-3138
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1194-9708
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2019 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Vocational Education and Training, E-ISSN 2242-458X, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 89-110Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A central part of Swedish vocational teachers’ work concerns their students’ work-based learning (WBL). The focus of this article is the character of the relational work carried out by teachers of vocational education and training (VET) concerning WBL. The qualitative study is based on 15 interviews with teachers on the upper-secondary level Child and Recreation, Building and Construction, and Handicraft programmes. The study is based on a situated learning perspective, and uses the concepts of community of practice, broker and boundary crossing. The findings highlight three central aspects of VET teachers’ relational work with WBL: recruiting workplaces for WBL, matchmaking between students and workplaces, and ‘firefighting’ to prevent and deal with problems that occur during WBL periods. The study contributes to the understanding of the work of VET teachers, as they cross the blurred boundaries between school and working life and strive to create a good learning environment for all students during WBL periods.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2019. Vol. 9, no 1, p. 89-110
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Vocational teacher; work-based learning; relational work; community of practice; boundary crossings
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Pedagogy Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156343DOI: 10.3384/njvet.2242-458X.199189OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-156343DiVA, id: diva2:1305347
Available from: 2019-04-16 Created: 2019-04-16 Last updated: 2019-04-16Bibliographically approved

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