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How vocational teachers describe their vocational teacher identity
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training, ISSN 1363-6820, E-ISSN 1747-5090, Vol. 66, no 2, 194-211 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Given the current demands of Swedish vocational education and the withdrawal of the requirement for formal teacher competence in vocational subject teachers, the aim of this article is to develop knowledge of what it means to be a vocational subject teacher in an upper secondary school, i.e., how vocational subject teachers describe their vocational teacher identity. Drawing on a sociocultural perspective, this study analysed data from 22 interviews. The vocational subject teachers describe their relationship with students and the fostering work of teaching for studies, life and work as distinctive characteristics of vocational teacher identity. The fostering work is focused on students’ behaviour, i.e., the relational and normative aspects of a social practice. The study results suggest that the identity of vocational teachers includes guiding students towards memberships in various social practices. The benefit of both high-quality teacher competence and vocational competence in vocational teachers is discussed

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2014. Vol. 66, no 2, 194-211 p.
Keyword [en]
vocational teaching, vocational teacher identity, vocational teachers’competence, sociocultural perspective, vocational education
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-105783DOI: 10.1080/13636820.2014.894554OAI: diva2:710265
Available from: 2014-04-06 Created: 2014-04-06 Last updated: 2014-04-11Bibliographically approved

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