ERIC Number: EJ1171254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Apprentice or Student? The Structures of Construction Industry Vocational Education and Training in Denmark and Sweden and Their Possible Consequences for Safety Learning
Grytnes, Regine; Grill, Martin; Pousette, Anders; Törner, Marianne; Nielsen, Kent J.
Vocations and Learning, v11 n1 p65-87 Apr 2018
There is a notable difference in occupational injury rates in the two Scandinavian countries, Sweden and Denmark, with the latter having a 40% higher rate of fatal occupational injuries in the construction industry. This study explored differences in the vocational education and training (VET) systems between Sweden and Denmark that may be important for students' safety learning and practice during VET. In both countries, students participate in full-time education, and the curriculum includes school-based as well as company- based training. However, during company- based training Swedish students retain their student status, whereas Danish students are employed as apprentices. From a perspective of viewing safety as a social practice developed through interactions of different social and institutional bodies, the analysis points to this difference in employment status as important for their safety practices and also for the teachers' position to influence safety learning and practices during company-based training. An analysis of interview and survey data focusing on how VET students enact safety 'knowings' across learning sites, suggest how different forms of connectivity models in VET promote various forms of safety learning among students.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Injuries, Occupational Safety and Health, Cross Cultural Studies, Vocational Education, Safety Education, Experiential Learning, Apprenticeships, Social Influences, Employment Level, Teacher Role, Students, Interviews, Surveys, Student Attitudes, Models
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark; Sweden
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