Not just skills: what a focus on knowledge means for vocational education

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Author: Wheelahan, Leesa


This contribution to the symposium on Michael Young's article 'Overcoming the crisis in curriculum theory: a knowledge based approach', supports his contention that curriculum theory has lost sight of its object - 'what is taught and learned in schools', and argues that this has particularly deleterious consequences for vocational education and training (VET). VET is unproblematically positioned as applied, experiential and work-focused learning, and it is seen as a solution for those who are alienated from or unsuccessful in more traditional forms of academic education. This article...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Skills and knowledge; Teaching and learning; Disadvantaged; Participation

Keywords: Curriculum; Knowledge level; Social exclusion; Social participation; Barrier

Published: Abingdon, England: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2015

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Journal volume: 47

Journal number: 6

Journal date: 2015

Pages: pp. 750-762

ISSN: 0022-0272, 1366-5839 (online)

Special issue: Michael Young, knowledge and curriculum

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 122.1229

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