This book will open your mind to the changing experience of schooling, and highlights new and different ways to help those whose needs simply don’t fit into the usual mould.  With contributions from leading academics from Canada, America, the UK, the Netherlands, and Australia, this internationally-minded book helps the reader to reflect on the ways young people are taught, and presents possible alternative approaches. Global social and economic changes and technological developments are driving the need for change within education, so that we can better cater for a diversity of young people. This book offers an overview of where we are now and where we might want to go in the future. 

The Need for Dialogue in Vocational Education

The need for dialogue in vocational education

This chapter stresses the need for career learning in vocational education. The chapter will:

  • explain how the individualization of society and the rise of a service economy ask for self-directed learning with regard to careers;
  • present empirical evidence that makes clear that a strong career-learning environment is a dialogical environment; and
  • provide practical examples drawn from research.

More than 2,000 years ago, the Roman philosopher Seneca succinctly formulated the importance of school in the sentence ‘Non scolae sed vitae discimus’ (Not for school, but for life, do we learn). Even so, most students in the Dutch educational system have little idea at the beginning of their study (but also often long after that) exactly why they ...

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