This paper aims to explore how the competence-based vocational education and training (VET) curricula facilitate shaping of work values of VET students. It discusses methodological and ideological orientations of competence-based VET in teaching work values and discloses the typical characteristics of teaching work values in the VET system of Lithuania.
A quantitative research approach leading to a survey method is adopted to investigate how VET students acquire and apply work-related values and attitudes to work.
The survey of the VET students has disclosed that students are open to accepting different values of work, including cognitive values, social prestige and altruist values. However, orientation of the VET curricula to and provision of instrumental values lead to relatively weak internalization of the work values related to societal and spiritual dimensions.
The paper provides empirical evidence regarding the implications of the competence-based curricula for teaching students work values in the school-based VET.
Funding and/or Conflicts of interests/Competing interests: Authors declare that the research and preparation of publication have not received any external funding and do not involve any interests which could influence the submitted work.
Tūtlys, V., Daukilas, S., Mičiulienė, R., Čiučiulkienė, N. and Krikštolaitis, R. (2023), "The competence-based VET curriculum and teaching of work values: the case of Lithuania", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-10-2022-0111
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