Trainers and transformation : facilitating the 'dark side' of vocational learning

Hodge, Steven 2010, Trainers and transformation : facilitating the 'dark side' of vocational learning, International journal of training research, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 53-62.

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Title Trainers and transformation : facilitating the 'dark side' of vocational learning
Author(s) Hodge, Steven
Journal name International journal of training research
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 53
End page 62
Publisher Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association
Place of publication [Alexandria, N.S.W.]
Publication date 2010-06
ISSN 1448-0220
Keyword(s) vocational education and training
transformative learning
youth work
competency based training
Summary 'Transformative learning' is a term used by Mezirow (1991) and his followers to designate a specifically 'adult' kind of learning that involves shifts in how learners view the world and themselves. New research into learning in VET suggests that in some subject areas transformative learning may play more than an incidental role. Among the implications of this finding is that the trainer's practice may be more important in VET than it has been the custom to acknowledge. When transformative learning systematically contributes to VET, the trainer becomes a co-constructor of competence rather than a transmitter of skills and knowledge.

This paper reports on this new research and reflects on the role of the trainer in the process of VET-oriented transformative learning. Results indicate that some trainers of youth workers develop a practice that responds to the contours and dangers of transformative learning without necessarily being aware of the body of knowledge that has built up around this type of learning. The paper suggests that in some VET sectors, trainers and RTO's could enhance their work by taking stock of transformative learning research and theory.
Language eng
Field of Research 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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