ECER 2001 Proceedings
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Loogma, Krista; Joons, Sofia; Vilu, Raivo
From normatively constructed identity to new identities in the contexts of 'double' transition processes: The case of Estonia
'Double' transformation processes of work-related identity formation in Estonia, as small transition country in the process of accession to the European Union were studied. Development of vocational identity concept from the beginning of the last century was investigated on the basis of the published literature. Periodization of the processes of vocational identity formation which coincided with the major economical and political changes in the history of Estonia was described. Work related identity formation and functioning in the case of technicians, nurses and skilled workers in three economic sectors - ICT, health care, timber and furniture, was studied empirically on the basis of the data obained through the open interviews of the employers of the sectors. Meaning and manifestation of work related identities, factors determining the formation of the identities - vocational education, work environments, professional communities etc. in double transition (from the socialist command economy to the market economy, and accession to the EU, globalization of the economy) were investigated. Comparison of new and old economy sectors (ICT vs. timber and furniture, health care) was carried out.
Manning, Sabine; Dif, M'hamed (eds.). 2001. VETNET ECER 2001 proceedings: Current research in European vocational education and human resource development. Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/vet/ecer01.htm].