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New VET Theories for New Times: The Critical Capabilities Approach to Vocational Education and Training and its Potential for Theorising a Transformed and Transformational VET

McGrath, Simon; Powell, Lesley; Alla-Mensah, Joyceline; Hilal, Randa; Suart, Rebecca

Authors

Lesley Powell

Joyceline Alla-Mensah

Randa Hilal

Rebecca Suart



Abstract

There is a growing sense that the orthodox set of theories and policies for VET don’t work. This is particularly true in the South where all such Northern theories and policies face the common problem of being constructed for other contexts and then imported. In the light of persistent poverty and inequality; widespread precarious and indecent work; continued concerns about educational access, retention and achievement; and a rising environmental crisis, VET must be transformed to address a new and challenging set of objectives. Here, we offer an exploration of a theoretical approach to VET research that has emerged in the past decade and which offers new insights into how VET can be transformed in order to contribute to the wider transformation agenda around sustainable human development. This is what we term the critical capabilities account of vocational education and training, CCA-VET. We will argue that it is one fertile route towards new thinking about transforming VET in order to support a transformation agenda.

Citation

McGrath, S., Powell, L., Alla-Mensah, J., Hilal, R., & Suart, R. (2020). New VET Theories for New Times: The Critical Capabilities Approach to Vocational Education and Training and its Potential for Theorising a Transformed and Transformational VET. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2020.1786440

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 17, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 25, 2020
Publication Date Jun 25, 2020
Deposit Date Jun 26, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 26, 2021
Journal Journal of Vocational Education and Training
Print ISSN 1363-6820
Electronic ISSN 1747-5090
Publisher Taylor & Francis Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-22
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2020.1786440
Keywords Comparative VET; vet and development; philosophy of VET; policy Issues; vocational education & training
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/4462062
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13636820.2020.1786440
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Vocational Education & Training on 25 June 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline..../13636820.2020.1786440.