ERIC Number: EJ1123324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reformation of VET and Demands on Teachers' Subject Knowledge--Swedish Vocational Teachers' Recurrent Participation in a National CPD Initiative
Köpsén, S.; Andersson, P.
Journal of Education and Work, v30 n1 p69-83 2017
This study investigates continuing professional development (CPD) of vocational teachers, with a focus on recurrent participation. Vocational teachers need to be competent as teachers and in relation to their vocational teaching subject. Reformation of Swedish vocational education in order to strengthen the working-life connection imposes demands on teachers to have up-to-date knowledge about the vocations related to their vocational subjects. To support the reform, vocational teachers have been offered to participate in a new national CPD initiative targeting their vocational competence. The study concerns participation in this initiative. Drawing on a socio-cultural perspective, vocational teachers' CPD implies boundary-crossing between school and working-life. Theory concerning adults' participation in education is considered relevant to understand conditions for such boundary-crossing, and learning, among vocational teachers. The article specifically investigates patterns in vocational teachers' recurrent participation, which is expected to clarify the factors influencing further participation in professional development. The strongest predictor of recurrent participation, when adjusting for the influence of other factors, is the type of municipality that the teacher comes from, with low populated municipalities having the lowest likelihood of participation. Furthermore, recurrent participation is more likely by participating teachers from adult education or from privately owned schools, and by male teachers.
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Sociocultural Patterns, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Educational Change, Vocational Education Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Education Work Relationship, Predictor Variables, Teacher Participation, Adult Education, Gender Differences, Private Schools, Age Differences, Teacher Characteristics, Statistical Analysis, Municipalities, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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