The role of apprenticeship in the cultivation of soft skills and dispositions


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Author: Vaughan, Karen


As a learning model, apprenticeship is well known for its capacity to develop skills and vocational identities. It is also increasingly appealing for its potential to develop soft skills and enhance dispositions. This article focuses on the nature and role of apprenticeship and employers in developing dispositions and soft skills. It draws on a two-year New Zealand study of 41 apprentices in general practice medicine, carpentry, and engineering technician work, and their workplace mentors and teachers. The study theorised that apprentices' most significant learning is personally as well...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Skills and knowledge; Teaching and learning

Keywords: Pedagogics; Workplace learning; Work based learning; Mentoring; Professional development; Capacity building; Attitude; Generic skills; Learning process; Soft skills

Geographic subjects: New Zealand; Oceania

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 69

Journal number: 4

Journal date: December 2017

Pages: pp. 540-557

ISSN: 1363-6820, 1747-5090 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 131.278

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