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Vocationalism?: Past, Present And Future



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09.45 – 10.00  Registration, tea and coffee 

10.00 – 10.15 

Welcome and Introduction by the organisers
Jill Jameson, University of Greenwich and Sai Loo, UCL Institute of Education, University College London
 10.15 – 12.15 Vocationalism and academic drift – the conflict at the heart of apprenticeship policy
Anna Mazenod, Université Paris-Dauphine, London
  Understanding the FE Sector as a Strategic Action Field
Norman Crowther, Association of Teachers and Lecturers and Norman Lucas, IOE Institute of Education, University College London
  When is a job considered an ‘occupation ‘and what effect do these assumptions have on training?
Erica Smith, Federation University Australia
  ‘Reasonable adjustment’: Is it a way forward to manage diversity and equity issues in Vocational Education and Training?
Sonal Nakar, Griffith University, Australia
 12.15 – 13.00 Lunch
 13.00 – 14.30 Differentiating vocational knowledge
Jim Hordern, Bath Spa University
  Vocational pedagogy, policy anxiety and practitioners’ perceptions
Matt O’Leary and Rob Smith, University of Wolverhampton
  Vocational pedagogies: the science of teaching or the teaching of science?
Janet Hobley, Oxford Brookes University
14.30 – 14.45 Tea and coffee break
14.45 – 16.15 Manners and Empowerment: professional communication and attendant client care
Tara Furlong, Designing Futures
  Vocational education and graduates’ experiences of employment and career enactment in a neoliberal environment
Tony Leach, York St John University
  Global Vocational Standards and Assessment for Excellence
Jenny Shackleton, WorldSkills International and Sally Messenger, WorldSkills UK Legacy Projects
16.15 – 16.30  Plenary and close of meeting