Cultural Diversity and Vocational Education and Training

  • Marianne TeräsEmail author
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Vocational teachers and students encounter cultural diversity daily in their work and studies. They therefore need new competence, transcultural competence. The aim of this chapter is to examine cultural diversity, transcultural competence, and transcultural learning process to give VET teachers and students tools to encounter cultural diversity. First an outline of different circumstances and environments for cultural encounters is given. Then different approaches to cultural diversity are depicted and elements of learning reflected on. Lastly, a transcultural learning process is presented. The empirical examples of this chapter come from two studies. The first one focuses on the development of preparatory vocational training for immigrants (Teräs 2007) and the second on the development of regular VET concerning students with diverse cultural and lingual backgrounds (Teräs 2013; Teräs et al. 2014).


Cultural diversity Transcultural learning Vocational education and training 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of StockholmStockholmSweden

Section editors and affiliations

  • Karen Evans
  • Natasha Kersh
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  1. 1.UCL Institute of Education University College LondonLondonUK

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