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Transforming Learning Cultures in Further Education

Grant reference: L139251025

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Learning as becoming in vocational education and training : class, gender and the role of vocational habitus
Official accounts of learning in vocational education and training emphasise the acquisition of technical skills and knowledge to foster behavioural competence in the workplace. However, such accounts fail to acknowledge the relationship between learning and identity. Drawing on detailed case studies of three vocational courses – in childcare, healthcare and engineering – in English further education colleges, within the project Transforming Learning Cultures in Further Education, it is argued that learning is a process of becoming. Learning cultures and the vocational cultures in which they are steeped transform those who enter them. The authors develop the concept of ‘vocational habitus’ to explain a central aspect of students' experience, as they have to orient to a particular set of dispositions – both idealised and realised. Predispositions related to gender, family background and specific locations within the working class are necessary, but not sufficient for effective learning. Vocational habitus reinforces and develops these in line with demands of the workplace, although it may reproduce social inequalities at the same time. Vocational habitus involves developing not only a ‘sense’ of how to be, but also ‘sensibility’: requisite feelings and morals, and the capacity for emotional labour.
Original Document
10.1080/13636820300200240
English

Primary contributor

Author Helen Colley

Additional contributors

Co-author David James
Co-author Kim Diment
Co-author Michael Tedder

Additional details

55
4
Yes
1363-6820
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
01 December 2003
471-498
Abingdon
Post-print
Journal of vocational education & training

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Colley, Helen et al (2003) Learning as becoming in vocational education and training : class, gender and the role of vocational habitus. Journal of vocational education & training. 55 (4), pp. 471-498 Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Vancouver

Colley Helen et al. Learning as becoming in vocational education and training : class, gender and the role of vocational habitus. Journal of vocational education & training 2003; 55 (4): 471-498.