Technical and vocational teacher education practice: profession or semi profession?


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The article discusses the meaning attached to the concept profession, and in that context, it has been examined whether the practice as teacher in technical and vocational education can be defined under the concept of profession or semi-profession. For us, it is interesting to examine the concept profession through the professional demands within the frame of an academic education and the work performed by a teacher in vocational education. In Norway, a teacher in technical and vocational education has no academic background, but has, instead, a combination of expertise in a craft or/and the vocational training as the basis for his/her teacher education. In the final discussion we emphasize that vocational teacher can be considered a profession today if we consider the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) as a basic standard


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