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New possibilities for the professionalization of UK VET professionals

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Analyses the present condition of, and future possibilities for, the professionalization of those who work in vocational education and training in the UK. Argues that for the UK, as for other European countries, a high quality system of vocational education and training (VET) is a precondition for both a competitive economy and democratic society. Begins with a description of the current state and status of VET in the UK, and charts the legacy of 18 years of neo-liberal conservative government and its implications for the position of VET professionals. Identifies the new demands being made on VET professionals by changes in the global economy and develops a model of the VET professional as a connective specialist for responding to these demands. Explores two aspects of the model - pedagogy and the role of new technologies (telematics in particular) - in some detail. Finally, considers some of the political and economic policies needed for such a model to be implemented.
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Keywords: Learning; Specialization; Trainers; Vocational training; Work

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1997

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