Maintaining vocational competence: a survey study among vocational teachers
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Teachers’ subject knowledge is crucial for the quality of education. Contemporary work life changes rapidly, which challenges vocational education and training (VET) and teachers who need up-to-date vocational competence. This paper concerns VET teachers’ continuing professional development (CPD) related to vocational subjects and basic vocations in which they teach. The aim is to analyse teachers’ participation in varying types of CPD activities. The study draws on a socio-cultural perspective on practice, identity, and learning. Furthermore, the analysis is related to theory concerning adults’ participation in education, which shows how different factors influence participation in CPD. A survey was distributed to 2,000 Swedish VET teachers. The analyses are based on data on participation in different activities, barriers/drivers for participation in these activities, and perceived effects in terms of professional development.
Results show similar patterns of participation between vocational areas, but with some significant differences between the areas. The variation in vocational areas does not have that much influence on participation. Reading vocational texts is the most common activity among those covered in the study. To read, and to work in the teacher’s basic vocation, are the two activities where variation in doing them could be explained to the highest degree.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Vocational teachers, continuing professional development, participation, vocational areas, variation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-127800OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-127800DiVA: diva2:927783
Vocational Education & Training - Emerging Issues. VOICES FROM RESEARCH, V International Conference & Research Workshop, Stockholm, Sweden, May 9-10
ProjectsTeachers’ development of subject knowledge – a study of vocational teachers’ competence development in their vocational subjects
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2013-2378