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Civic and Market Convention as Driving Forces of the Development of Swiss VET


Zehnder, Lea; Gonon, Philipp (2017). Civic and Market Convention as Driving Forces of the Development of Swiss VET. In: Marhuenda-Fluixá, Fernando. Vocational Education beyond Skill Formation : VET between Civic, Industrial and Market Tensions. Bern: Peter Lang, 271-292.

Abstract

As in most countries, the trigger for establishing educational systems in the 19th century was the aim to build up nations. Such efforts did not only focus on primary schooling but were extended to all forms of education, from kindergarten to university. Thus, also post-elementary enrolment experienced a considerable growth. The “liberal legacy”, as Andy Green puts it, also included, besides ideological hegemony, openness towards industrial needs (Green 1992, p. 308). Exactly this setting is also the starting point of our contribution in this volume and the line of depicting the development of the Swiss educational system and its vocational education and training (VET). Our arguments are based on a sociological theory of conventions, that the establishment of local and federal amendments and legislations which supported VET had a strong civic notion, but also included the option of a well-organised industrial society. Within such a setting the educated worker is nowadays able to pursue a professional career. Thus, the development of Swiss VET ended up in a compromise of different claims related to the state, the industry and the market, hybridizing the educational system.

Abstract

As in most countries, the trigger for establishing educational systems in the 19th century was the aim to build up nations. Such efforts did not only focus on primary schooling but were extended to all forms of education, from kindergarten to university. Thus, also post-elementary enrolment experienced a considerable growth. The “liberal legacy”, as Andy Green puts it, also included, besides ideological hegemony, openness towards industrial needs (Green 1992, p. 308). Exactly this setting is also the starting point of our contribution in this volume and the line of depicting the development of the Swiss educational system and its vocational education and training (VET). Our arguments are based on a sociological theory of conventions, that the establishment of local and federal amendments and legislations which supported VET had a strong civic notion, but also included the option of a well-organised industrial society. Within such a setting the educated worker is nowadays able to pursue a professional career. Thus, the development of Swiss VET ended up in a compromise of different claims related to the state, the industry and the market, hybridizing the educational system.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Education
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:20 Dec 2017 13:35
Last Modified:19 Mar 2018 09:26
Publisher:Peter Lang
Series Name:Studies in Vocational and Continuing Education
Number:15
ISSN:2235-7327
ISBN:978-3-0343-2806-7
OA Status:Closed
Official URL:https://www.peterlang.com/view/9783034328081/chapter13.xhtml
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