02 SES 02 B, Reflections on Vocational Teachers' Professional Development
The theme of my presentation is the writing practices of vocational education and training teachers (VET-teachers) in upper secondary school in Norway. According to the Norwegian School system, and the latest reform from 2006, (The Knowledge Promotion -13 years), all teachers have to work with basic skills, among others writing skills, in their subjects in school. The focus is on VET teachers in school context in selected vocational education and training programmes; Design, Arts and Crafts, Health and Social Care and Technical and Industrial Production. Training writing skills and writing activities traditionally has been regarded as less important comparing to vocational work practice. VET-teachers don’t regard as their main task to work and develop writing skills to their students, but all have the more or less the same opinion that writing competence is important in work life. The research questions are: What explain the attitude of teachers for not including writing in their subjects? How do other, more abstract elements as culture and traditions, influence their attitude and practices towards writing? The discourse theory of J.P. Gee will be used to lightened these questions and theme. In Technical and vocational education, there are different teachers with different background and traditions, belonging to different cultures. Discourse analysis and theory will be used to identify different communities of meaning and attitude towards writing practices in school, or secondary discourses in Gee term.
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