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ERIC Number: EJ960710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7724
Global Reconstructions of Vocational Education and Training
Avis, James
Globalisation, Societies and Education, v10 n1 p1-11 2012
In this introduction to the special issue, the author examines the wider context within which vocational education and training (VET) is set and the surrounding debates. He considers the prominence of neoliberalism and notions of competitiveness, crisis, skill and knowledge. Despite differences between systems of VET with respect to their reach and specificity, whether this be global, regional or local, they are for the most part set within the hegemony of neoliberalism. VET aligns with other debates in that education is construed as pivotal to the pursuit of competitiveness and is deemed to have a central role in developing the human capital required by a dynamic and forward-moving economy. The papers in this special issue explore a number of questions surrounding VET and its on-going transformation. They point to the diverse and contested nature of VET and its uneven relationship to the labour market as well as to the formation of occupationally framed dispositions and subjectivities. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom