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Learning as an apprentice: a comparative study on affordances for vocational learning in school and work life apprentice education
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
2015 (English)In: Architectures for apprenticeship: achieving economic and social goals / [ed] Erica Smith, Philipp Gonon and Annette Foley, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This comparative study comprises apprentices who are becoming construction workers and shop salesmen’s within two different apprenticeship systems in a Swedish context. Particularly in this paper, the aim is to study how affordances for vocational learning can be viewed through these educational contexts. The data collection includes interviews and documents related to respectively educational system. The findings show that there are similarities between the two apparent different educational systems. One conclusion is that workplace demands overcome the criteria in the steering documents. Consequently, there are apparent constraints between stated goals and the affordances offered by workplaces in both educational systems. Hence, they both develop vocational competencies according to workplace demands that correspond to workplace activities.

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Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2015.
Keyword [en]
Upper secondary apprenticeship education, Vocational education and training (VET), Employed apprentices, Work-based learning
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Education; educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-109197ISBN: 978-1-925333-09-1OAI: diva2:855903
The International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship (INAP), Sixth annual INAP conference, 1–2 September 2015, Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Australia
Available from: 2015-09-22 Created: 2015-09-22 Last updated: 2015-11-26Bibliographically approved

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