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The institutionalisation of validation and the transformation of vocational knowledge: The case of admission into Vocational Teacher Education in Sweden
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education and Teacher's Practice.
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis was to understand the validation of vocational knowledge prior to entry into vocational teacher education in Sweden with regard to conceptions and understandings of vocational knowledge, and also to understand how institutional conditions, such as ideas of how to organise validation, influence the content and form of the validation practice. From this aim the following research questions were developed: What ideas about the organisation of validation stand out in the policy and practice of validation? What conceptions and understandings of vocational knowledge is the organisation of validation built on and what do they entail? Who has the agency to describe and decide upon vocational knowledge in the policy and practice of validation? What institutional arrangements appear in the practice of validation?

To conduct the studies in the thesis a multimethods approach was adopted, combining policy analysis and interviews. For theoretical support, new institutional theories were used and also theories of knowledge. The results revealed that the regulative elements of validation have transformed vocational knowledge to fit a frame similar to formal education. In terms of norms and values, it appears as if validation is more of a social and economic project than one of accounting for vocational knowledge and vocational pride. Cultural/cognitive matters that are taken for granted when considering vocational knowledge differ quite significantly between agents involved in validation. Validation of vocational knowledge exhibits a conceptual confusion having different conceptions of knowledge simultaneously at play. This confusion blurs the boundaries between concepts of knowledge, learning, and the learning context. In the complexity of ideas of how to organise validation and different knowledge conceptions, institutional arrangements appear to be based on a sense of belonging, either to academia or to the trade. The agency of those with vocational knowledge is limited in several ways within validation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2019. , p. 266
Series
Linnaeus University Dissertations ; 350
Keywords [en]
agency, competence, institutional arrangements, institutional conditions, institutionalisation, validation, vocational knowledge, qualification framework
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Educational Sciences
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82641ISBN: 978-91-88898-55-5 (print)ISBN: 978-91-88898-56-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-82641DiVA, id: diva2:1317244
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2019-05-17, Magna B117, Kalmar, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2019-05-22 Created: 2019-05-22 Last updated: 2019-08-30Bibliographically approved

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