Article | PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012 | Theory and Practice in Technical Vocational Education: Pupils’; Teachers’ and Supervisors’ Experiences

Title:
Theory and Practice in Technical Vocational Education: Pupils’; Teachers’ and Supervisors’ Experiences
Author:
Nina Kilbrink: Karlstad University, Sweden
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Year:
2012
Conference:
PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012
Issue:
073
Article no.:
029
Pages:
247-252
No. of pages:
6
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2012-06-18
ISBN:
978-91-7519-849-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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A gap emphasised in technical vocational education is the theory-practice divide. In relation to learning in technology and learning a vocation; the concepts of theory and practice are often mentioned and how to handle them in education is discussed and problematised. This paper is an empirical contribution to the discussion about theory and practice in technical vocational education. This study takes its point of departure from the pluralistic phenomenology of the life world and the research questions concern pupils’; teachers’ and supervisors’ experiences of theory and practice in relation to teaching and learning in technical vocational education. Pupils’; teachers’ and supervisors’ narratives from qualitative interviews have been analysed thematically; focusing on the content concerning theory and practice. The result indicates there are experiences of theory and practice concerning a traditional dualistic view; but there are also experiences concerning a more interwoven view. The concepts can be handled in a more interwoven way if the individual has a deeper; more complex underdstanding of them.

Keywords: Experiences; Phenomenology of the Life World; Technical Vocational Education; Theory and Practice Relationship; Qualitative Interviews

PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012

Author:
Nina Kilbrink
Title:
Theory and Practice in Technical Vocational Education: Pupils’; Teachers’ and Supervisors’ Experiences
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PATT 26 Conference; Technology Education in the 21st Century; Stockholm; Sweden; 26-30 June; 2012

Author:
Nina Kilbrink
Title:
Theory and Practice in Technical Vocational Education: Pupils’; Teachers’ and Supervisors’ Experiences
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