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ERIC Number: ED424406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Pages: 10
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Rediscovering Apprenticeship?: A Historical Approach.
Attwell, Graham
This paper focuses on changes necessary for apprenticeship to meet society's current needs in terms of: providing an educational environment, meeting the needs of the European economies, and matching the aspirations of young people. Section 1 provides a narrative account of an apprentice working as a coach finisher in the Great Western Railway works in Swindon, England, in the 1940s. It provides a benchmark to examine how apprenticeship has changed and what has remained. As a biographical narrative, it provides more concrete evidence about three key issues that have emerged in recent debates on work-based learning: entry into communities of practice, formal and informal work organization, and the development of work process knowledge. Section 2 considers what can be learned about these issues from such a biographical narrative. It determines that the account presents a compelling narrative of an effective transition from school to work and of entrance into a community of skilled practice and maturing into the adult world. The model confirms much recent research around socialization into communities of practice and entry into communities of practice; the model represents a rich learning environment allowing the acquisition of broad-based occupational knowledge and skills. The model questions whether technological innovation demands higher skill levels and questions the efficacy of external assessment. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; United Kingdom (England)