Apprentice in a Changing Trade

Apprentice in a Changing Trade

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A volume in Advances in Cultural Psychology Series Editor: Jaan Valsiner, Clark University This book is a result of a major research project in Switzerland that brings together the fields of Education and Socio-Cultural Psychology. It is focused on how culture is involved in very concrete educational practices. The reader is invited to follow the research group in a Swiss technical college that trains young people in precision mechanics during a period of major technological change: the arrival of automated manufacturing systems. This transition in the trade is an opportunity to explore the educational and psychological challenges of vocational training from a perspective inspired by activity theory and the consideration of social interactions and semiotic or other technical mediations as crucial to the formation of professional identities and competencies. What are the most appropriate settings for learning? There is no simple answer to this question. What can lead a pupil to become engaged, even if this is within a school, with all the seriousness of a future professional? Under which conditions is an internship in a company genuinely formative? Is it necessary to possess the most recent technologies in order to offer high quality training? What do we know about the relation between doing and knowing in the construction of new competences? How can it be planned and informed to become an object of reflection and make sense in the eyes of the learner? Dealing with such questions, this study explores new working hypotheses on the manner in which the young experience their training and on the significant role for them of professional specialization.The director had asked me at the beginning of the year if I would agree to taking on this unit. ... Consequently, it is rather forbidding for the computer technicians because it is not going to give them anything they are going to find in industry; they will have to adapt to the ... But we should not make too much of this; the point for me is the teaching; it is not a matter of creating a magnificent structure that one isanbsp;...

Title:Apprentice in a Changing Trade
Author:Jean-François Perret, Anne Nelly Perret-Clermont
Publisher:IAP - 2011


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