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This entry first explains the concept of vocational education and its place within the broader context of a worthwhile life. In contrast to training, vocational education prepares employees to exercise independent judgment, demonstrate theoretical knowledge, and take responsibility in implementing projects in a team setting—tasks for which training is inadequate preparation. Because vocational education also enables individuals to participate more fully in civic life and contributes to self-fulfillment generally, it can also be seen as an element of social justice. It is as valid a form of education as liberal education and should be planned for just as seriously.

What Is Vocational Education?

Vocational education is an educational preparation for employment. As an educational preparation, it involves learning to take part in something worthwhile, or at least ...

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