‘What can I already do well today?’ Competence development in innovative learning cultures

  • Antje Barabasch Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung (EHB), Switzerland
  • Dominic Caldart Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung (EHB), Switzerland
  • Anna Keller Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung (EHB), Switzerland
Keywords: Vocational education and training (VET); career and technical education; workplace learning; apprenticeships; learning culture; innovation; creativity; flexibility; individualisation; lifelong learning; case study; telecommunication industry

Abstract

Digitalisation and a rapidly changing labour market introduce new demands on competence and these demands reinforce the renewal of Swiss apprenticeship training in businesses. The telecommunication industry is a representative example of the new challenges that vocational education and training faces. This article highlights some new approaches and pathways to apprenticeships. It shows that not only structural conditions need to be adjusted, but also the learning culture of the community of practice, which includes the shared attitudes, values and beliefs of all the actors involved in vocational education and training. As this article indicates, comprehensive changes in the apprenticeships at the enterprise studied have had a substantial impact on the development of competences such as creativity, reflection, autonomous action and initiative-taking.

Author Biographies

Antje Barabasch, Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung (EHB), Switzerland

Antje Barabasch is Head of the Research Division, Teaching and Learning in Vocational Education and Training (VET), in the research field, Learning Cultures and Instruction at the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET). Her research is concerned with learning cultures in VET, creativity, art-based instruction, migration, comparative education and policy transfer. Antje holds a PhD in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA.

Dominic Caldart, Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung (EHB), Switzerland

Dominic Caldart is an intern in the research field, Learning Cultures and Instruction, at the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET). He is currently working as an intern at the medical technology company, Ypsomed, in the learning and development area. He has a degree in psychology and business administration and graduated in 2019 at the University of Berne with a master’s degree on the working climate for Germans in Switzerland.

Anna Keller, Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung (EHB), Switzerland

Anna Keller is a Junior Researcher in the research field, Learning Cultures and Instruction at the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET). She is working on a project that is concerned with innovative learning cultures in Swiss enterprises and conducts research in occupation-specific didactics in the field of vocational education and training. She completed her MSc in Education at the University of Bern in 2017 and is now completing her PhD at the Institute of Education at the University of Zurich.

Published
2019-11-20
How to Cite
Barabasch, A., Caldart, D., & Keller, A. (2019). ‘What can I already do well today?’ Competence development in innovative learning cultures. Journal of Vocational, Adult and Continuing Education and Training, 2(2), 1. https://doi.org/10.14426/jovacet.v2i2.69
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Articles