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Operating between Rationalities: How Swedish Vocational Teachers and Workplace Tutors Negotiate and Create Students' Training Schemes

Conference paper
Authors Ingela Andersson
Published in Crossing Boundaries in Vocational Education and Training: Innovative Concepts for the 21st Century. Eds. Michael Gessler and Larissa Freund. 2-4 sept 2015 Bremen. Conference Proceedings.
Volume 2015 Evaluate Europe Handbook Series
Issue Volume 6
Pages 34-38
ISSN 1861-6828
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Education and Special Education
Pages 34-38
Language en
Keywords VET pedagogy, collaboration school and workplace, boundary crossing, activity theory
Subject categories Pedagogical Work


The paper investigates a changed educational practice where Swedish vocational teachers have become responsible for planning and evaluating students’ learning in workplaces. Four vocational teachers were shadowed during 12 workplace visits. Deploying the concept of boundary crossing the findings foreshadow an evolving educational activity where vocational teachers collaborate with workplace tutors to evaluate and reconstruct students training schemes. The analysis shows how vocational teachers use their teacher skills, and their familiarity with the target occupation to identify and establish work tasks for the students to engage in at the workplace.

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