Life skills for 'real life': how critical thinking is contextualised across vocational programmes

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Background: This article presents an analysis of how critical thinking is contextualised in everyday teaching in three vocational education and training (VET) programmes: Vehicle and transport, Restaurant and management, and Health and social care. Purpose: The main question addressed is: What knowledge discourses permeate different VET-contexts, and hence what kinds of opportunities for critical thinking do they offer students? Method: The qualitative analysis draws on data from a four-year ethnographic project exploring learning processes that can be characterised as civic education in...  [+] Show more

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

Keywords: Critical thinking skill; Soft skills; Pedagogics; Teaching method

Geographic subjects: Sweden; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2019

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Journal title: Educational research

Journal volume: 61

Journal number: 3

Journal date: 2019

Pages: pp. 302-318

ISSN: 0013-1881, 1469-5847 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 137.1106

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