Learning at Home and on the Shop Floor

  • Anna Bellavitis


In past societies, apprenticeship was the most frequent means of acquiring professional skills for young people who did not receive training within their families. As the first stage of an artisan’s career, apprenticeship was closely linked to the guilds and, for this reason, it was much more often a way of acquiring knowledge reserved for boys. Some research has suggested that apprenticeships outside the family were used, for girls, as an option to fall back on, especially when their mothers’ death interrupted the ‘normal’ process of passing knowledge and crafts on from mother to daughter.


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  • Anna Bellavitis
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  1. 1.University of RouenRouenFrance

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