Vocational Learning in the Frame of a Developing Identity

John Guenther

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    This chapter highlights the significance of identity formation during vocational learning. While it is often assumed that vocational training should be focused on making learners job ready with a range of skills that can be applied to workplaces, the paper argues that, without a corresponding focus on building the identity of learners, training will not be as effective as it otherwise would be. These conclusions are based on the findings of a research project in northern Australia, where 132 respondents were asked to describe what they considered to be ‘effective’ in a training programme. The findings have particular relevance to training providers who want to maximize the effectiveness of their training to meet the needs of trainees and employers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationVocational Learning
    Subtitle of host publicationInnovative Theory and Practice
    EditorsRalph Catts, Ian Falk, Ruth Wallace
    Place of PublicationDordrecht, Netherlands
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)978-94-007-1539-4
    ISBN (Print)978-94-007-1538-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Publication series

    NameTechnical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects
    ISSN (Print)1871-3041


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