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Revisiting global trends in TVET

Reflections on theory and practice

The essays presented in this e-publication are complementary to the UNESCO forthcoming volume on global TVET trends and issues in UNESCO’s new Education on the Move series. Just like the latter, they cover a wide, although certainly not exhaustive, range of current practices, ideas and debates in the field of technical and vocational education and training (TVET). They come at a time when the importance and value of TVET is being increasingly recognized in the context of lifelong learning in a globalized world, by UNESCO and other national, regional and global stakeholders in education and international development.

The Third International Congress on TVET that took place in Shanghai in May 2012 played an important role in further enhancing the debate on the role of TVET in the 21st century, providing a forum for discussion on the challenges faced by the TVET systems and the appropriate responses to them. One of its important outcomes was the production of a set of key recommendations to governments and other TVET stakeholders in UNESCO Member States, presented under seven strands in the Shanghai Consensus (UNESCO 2012). One of the aims of this publication is to provide some assistance in the implementation of these recommendations, through the fostering of reflection and sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience.

The papers in this publication cover a wide range of topics relevant to current developments in TVET. Although by no means an exhaustive list, the issues covered will enable interested readers to form a picture of current thinking in the field, both theoretical and practice-related.

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Chapter 1 Reconceptualizing TVET and development: a human capability and social justice approach by Leon Tikly
Chapter 2 Vocationalization of secondary and higher education: pathways to the world of work by Rupert Maclean and Margarita Pavlova
Chapter 3 The attractiveness of TVET by Christopher Winch
Chapter 4 Learning through practice: beyond informal and towards a framework for learning through practice by Stephen Billett
Chapter 5 Work-based learning: Why? How? by Richard Sweet
Chapter 6 Why improved formal teaching and learning are important in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) by Jeanne Gamble
Chapter 7 Career guidance and orientation by A. G. Watts
Chapter 8 TVET and entrepreneurship skills by Aboubakr Abdeen Badawi
Chapter 9 Technical and vocational education and training, and skills development for rural transformation by Darol Cavanagh, Greg Shaw and Li Wang

Published by
UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training
ISBN 978-92-95071-57-5
e-publication, 2013, 346 pages

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