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Maintaining Competence in the Initial Occupation: Activities among Vocational Teachers
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenpedagogik och folkbildning)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1194-9708
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenpedagogik och folkbildning)
2018 (English)In: Vocations and Learning, ISSN 1874-785X, E-ISSN 1874-7868, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 317-344Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Contemporary work-life changes rapidly, and vocational education andtraining (VET) teachers need to keep up-to-date with changing knowledge demandsand technological developments. This article concerns VET teachers’continuing pro-fessional development (CPD) related to the specific vocations for which they teach. Theaim is to analyse VET teachers’participation in various types of activities designed tomake them become more knowledgeable in relation to industry currency. The studydraws on a socio-cultural perspective on practice and learning. Theory concerningadults’participation in education is also used in analysing drivers of and barriers toparticipation in learning activities. The analyses are based on survey data from 886Swedish VET teachers relating to their participation in different activities, barriers/drivers concerning participation in these activities, perceived effects (outcomes) ofparticipation in terms of professional development, and teachers’background. Readingprofessional texts was the most common CPD activity among those VET teachersparticipating in the study. Reading, and work in the VET teacher’s former/initialoccupation were the two activities where variation in performing them could beexplained to the highest degree. The study particularly highlights the importance ofboundary crossing between school and work-life for maintaining and developing theindustrial currency of VET teachers’competence. Active membership and engagementin the community of practice of the initial occupation is important for participation inCPD activities closely related to this community.

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Springer Netherlands, 2018. Vol. 11, no 2, p. 317-344
Keywords [en]
Vocational teachers, Continuing professional development, Participation, Vocational areas, Variation
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-142323DOI: 10.1007/s12186-017-9192-9ISI: 000433085300007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85032021387OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-142323DiVA, id: diva2:1152678
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Teachers’ development of subject knowledge – a study of vocational teachers’ competence development in their vocational subjects
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Swedish Research Council, 2013-2378
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Funding agencies: Swedish Research Council

Available from: 2017-10-26 Created: 2017-10-26 Last updated: 2018-09-17Bibliographically approved

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