Why Returning to VET?

Results of a Qualitative Comparative Study about English and German Car Mechatronics

  • Erika Edith Gericke Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany

Abstract

Educational choices, especially the influence of class on these choices have been a subject of lively international debate. However, thus far, there has been little international and comparative research with respect to vocational and education training (VET) decision making from a subject-oriented perspective. This paper considers occupational-biographical orientations of English and German car mechatronics and focuses on the roles of learning and gaining vocational qualifications. Drawing on the concept of occupational-biographical orientations, the paper describes three types of orientations based on analyses of findings from 11 autobiographical-narrative interviews with English and German car mechatronics. The interviews clearly showed that occupational-biographical orientations explained different views on the necessity of returning to (continuous) vocational education and training. They also demonstrated that subjective perceptions of the national VET system fostered particular occupational-biographical challenges, which supported or hindered existing learning attitudes. Overall, the findings suggested that occupational-biographical orientations exerted the most important influence on learning biographies and decisions to return to (continuous) VET.

Published
2017-11-22
How to Cite
GERICKE, Erika Edith. Why Returning to VET?. International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 3, p. 206-225, nov. 2017. ISSN 2197-8646. Available at: <http://www.ijrvet.net/index.php/IJRVET/article/view/237>. Date accessed: 13 dec. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.4.3.2.
Section
Going Back-to-School in Vocational Education and Training - Special Issue

Keywords

VET; Vocational Education and Training; Comparative Qualitative Research; Lifelong Learning; Return on Education and Training; England; Germany