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Purposes of Vocational Education

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This chapter builds upon the previous discussions to delineate and elaborate the purposes of vocational education. In doing so, it advances an understanding of how this sector of education should be organised and enacted to meet these purposes and on what bases vocational education provisions should be appraised. The previous chapters discuss the concepts of vocations and occupations as key premises to consider the purposes, forms, organisation and enactment of vocational education. The development of the sector of education referred to as vocational education has also just been discussed. It has been proposed that there are social and personal dimensions to both vocations and occupations. Personal imperatives are stronger in the former and social imperatives in the latter, and these emphases have implications for both the purposes and processes of vocational education. It has also been advanced that in many countries the formation of dedicated vocational education systems was associated with realising societal (i.e. national) imperatives. Typically, these imperatives were threefold: (i) the need for skilled workers, (ii) a more educated youth and (iii) the engagement of young people with civil society. Consequently, the purposes of vocational education need to take account of and reflect the scope of the personal and social factors that constitute these conceptions and imperatives. It has also been advanced that vocational practitioners have often been denied a voice in the presentation of what constitutes the work they do, its worth and complexity and the kinds and provisions of preparation that might best serve its continuity.

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  • Vocational Education
  • Economic Efficiency
  • Skilled Worker
  • Educational Purpose
  • Liberal Education

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Education is the terrain where power and politics are given a fundamental expression, since it is where meaning, desire, language and values are engaged and respond to the deeper beliefs about the very nature of what it means to be human, to dream, and to name and struggle for a particular future and way of life.

(Giroux, 1985, p. xiii)

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Billett, S. (2011). Purposes of Vocational Education. In: Vocational Education. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-1954-5_6

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