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Knowing work
The social relations of working and knowing

Markus Weil, Leena Koski & Liv Mjelde (eds)

Series: Studien zur Berufs- und Weiterbildung - Studies in Vocational and Continuing Education; Vol 8
Peter Lang Publishers: Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien 

252 pp
ISBN 978-3-03911-642-3

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This book discusses new contradictions in the processes of vocational education. It poses questions on how today's knowledge is to be taught and what should be learned within vocational education.
The meanings of work, the characteristics of knowledge and knowing, and the processes of vocational learning and educating are complex in contemporary societies. The vocabularies, discourses, and policies are changing globally. Coexisting and contradictory processes, practices, ideas, and ideals shift, waver, and then take hold. It is difficult to understand how they relate to their societies and to the lives of human beings. The neo-liberal policies governing the relations between capital and labour - the state and the labour market - severely affect both the changing and unchanging features of working and learning.
The book approaches vocational education from three perspectives: moral and symbolic orders that are embedded in cultural and social relations, working and knowing at school and at the work place, and the dynamic combination of knowing and working as these are experienced within the ideas and practices of vocational education.


  • Markus Weil/Leena Koski/Liv Mjelde/Richard Daly: Introduction - 
  • Leena Koski: Vocational Curriculum - Morality for the Working Class? - 
  • Jeanne Gamble: Knowledge and Identity in the Mobile Workplace - 
  • Sue Shore: Literacy Surveys as Racial Projects: Contemporary Debates about Literacy and Skill Development - 
  • Richard Daly: Communicating the Nonverbal Knowledge of Working Life: Making Visible the Invisible - 
  • Liv Mjelde: New Challenges in the Social Organisation of Knowledge in Vocational Education: Unity and Diversity in Vocational Didactics in Relation to the Identity of Specific Trades and Professions - 
  • Norman Lucas: Vocational Programs in Further Education Colleges: Are They a Real Alternative for Disengaged Young Learners? - 
  • Martha Roldán: Work and Learning Organization Dynamics: A Missing Link in the Problematic of Informational Development? Reflections on «Artistic» Artisan Production in Argentina from 1993 to the Present - 
  • Christian Helms Jørgensen: Three Conceptions of the Changing Relations between Education and Work - 
  • Markus Weil: Rethinking a Network Approach in Vocational Education Research - 
  • Bettina Siecke: Concepts of Emotions and Their Relevance for Understanding Social Relations in Learning and Working

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