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Learning as an apprentice in Sweden: 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.
2016 (English)In: Education + Training, ISSN 0040-0912, E-ISSN 1758-6127, Vol. 58, no 6, 629-642 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to compare, and identify both similarities and differences in, affordances for vocational learning in two contrasting education systems, for construction worker and shop salesperson apprentices, in Swedish contexts.

Design/methodology/approach - Data were collected through interviews and observations in two research projects, each addressing relevant aspects of one of the focal educational systems. A framework consisting of identified goals, activities and guidance was applied in the analysis.

Findings - The results show that the affordances for learning in the examined educational systems are dependent on the learners' access to, and participation in, workplace activities. A conclusion is that workplace demands override educational goals in both cases. Thus, the affordances for learning related to both individual and educational goals are dependent on the access to guidance during workplace activities.

Originality/value - The study highlights constraints between educational goals and workplace affordances in both apprenticeship systems, which largely develop vocational competencies related to specific workplace demands and activities. A presented model regards apprenticeships as vocational and educational training in workplaces is outlined that enable a deeper understanding of the correspondence between individual, educational and workplace goals that forms the type of activity which leads to a learning outcome.

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2016. Vol. 58, no 6, 629-642 p.
Keyword [en]
Work-based learning, Apprenticeship curriculum, Employed apprentices, Upper secondary apprenticeship education, Vocational education and training (VET), Workplace curriculum
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Learning Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124524DOI: 10.1108/ET-12-2015-0113ISI: 000379771800006OAI: diva2:953182
Available from: 2016-08-17 Created: 2016-08-15 Last updated: 2016-08-25Bibliographically approved

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