Vocational Learning

Innovative Theory and Practice

  • Ralph Catts
  • Ian Falk
  • Ruth Wallace

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Ralph Catts, Ian Falk, Ruth Wallace
    Pages 1-8
  3. Theoretical Aspects of Vocational Learning

  4. Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Vocational Learning

  5. Vocational Learning Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Sue Kilpatrick, Susan Johns, Patricia Millar, Georgina Routley, Quynh Lê
      Pages 165-177
    3. Richard Edwards, Kate Miller
      Pages 191-202
  6. Looking Ahead

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Ralph Catts
      Pages 217-228
    3. Larry Smith, Margaret Kling
      Pages 243-257
    4. Ralph Catts, Ian Falk, Ruth Wallace
      Pages 259-270
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 271-279

About this book


Effective knowing and learning for vocational purposes must take account of the wide range of variables that impact on knowledge formation and that promote learning. In light of those many variables, the formal sector of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) must constantly ask itself what it could and should do to better provide vocational learning for those people likely to pursue learning via the informal sector. This book addresses that question.

Vocational Learning: Innovative Theory and Practice discusses four theoretical aspects of vocational learning that support understanding of vocational learning processes and practices: the situations of vocational learning; the power and roles of social networks and identity in vocational learning; knowing and knowledge management processes; and the implications for pedagogic practices in both informal and formal TVET systems. The book provides an overview of a series of international examples of innovative approaches to vocational educational theory and practice, and it draws on empirical research to analyze the effects of those approaches. It includes unique insights into aspects of TVET for Indigenous peoples. With a discussion of policy implications for Europe, North America and Australia, this book is an instrumental tool to understand the underlying factors that generate effective educational and workforce outcomes through effective formal and informal learning.


First Nations Indigenous Peoples TVET adult education adult learning formal learning identity informal learning innovative pedagogy knowing knowledge management lifelong learning self-directed learning social networks vocational education vocational knowledge vocational learning workbased learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Ralph Catts
    • 1
  • Ian Falk
    • 2
  • Ruth Wallace
    • 3
  1. 1.Stirling Inst. EducationUniversity of StirlingStirlingUnited Kingdom
  2. 2., School of EducationCharles Darwin UniversityDarwinAustralia
  3. 3., School of EducationCharles Darwin UniversityDarwinAustralia

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