the framework of the project 'FAME - Occupational identity, flexibility
and mobility in the European labour market' the following hypotheses are
put forward [GL]:
Due to multiple social change the development and functioning of vocational
identity has become unstable.
Vocational and occupational identity provide the basis for motivation and
good work performance, commitment and quality.
Education, especially vocational education and training, are an essential
source for the development of work ethics and vocational identity.
The specific strength of the European economy to win in global competition
is the particular work ethics that identities can provide.
'Change' is greatly exaggerated, e.g. for shop assistants there has been
little change, even in highly industrialised countries like Germany; the
earlier change of the industrial revolution, e.g. for farmers entering
industrial cities, was more drastic than the recent introduction of IT
in industry and administration. – [MF:] There is also a difference between
'changing identities' and 'changing requirements'; important is the longitudinal
aspect, i.e. the long-term formation and change of identities.
How to explain the 'cause – effect' relationship implied in this hypothesis?
Isn't there an interaction? – [GL]: The hypothesis refers to the socialisation
effect. – [JH:] How to capture the difference between vocational and occupational
identity? – [GL:] In the German concept of 'Beruf' the two are identical.
reading: papers related to the project FAME, including Laske
2001 (European context), Dif 2001c
/ Dif 2001 / Dif
2000 (French context), Loogma et al. 2001
(Estonian context); other studies, in particular Brown
1997a (dynamic model of identity formation), Tomassini
2001b (models of evolution of professional identity).
VETNET: Lille Sept 01: Symposium 'FAME'