Vocational education as a “life‐project”? Reflections from the case of Finland

Anja Heikkinen (Senior Researcher, University of Tampere, Finland)

Journal of European Industrial Training

ISSN: 0309-0590

Publication date: 1 August 1997


Discusses the problem of “creating” a vocational education and training profession in Europe. In approaching the problem, national and cultural differences of vocational education and training must be recognized. Typical ways of comparing and analysing them may, however, be limited for reflecting on the topic of vocational education and training (VET) profession. Suggests that an analysis on the “education functions” of different categories of vocational educators and trainers in different cultures is needed. To promote further discussion, gives an example from Finland. In the Finnish case, vocational teachers have become the proponents of vocational education.



Heikkinen, A. (1997), "Vocational education as a “life‐project”? Reflections from the case of Finland", Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 21 No. 6/7, pp. 213-219. https://doi.org/10.1108/03090599710171521

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