The danish vocational education and training system in the 19th and 20th century

Ida JUUL
2015 Historia de la Educación  
This article analyzes the development of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Denmark. It traces the characteristics of the Danish VET system of today back to the late 19th century. It was during this period that the control of the guilds over apprentices was replaced by a free market model and later by legislative regulations. Parallel to this development, the masters began to engage in the liberal education of their apprentices. Later, this involvement was institutionalized by giving
more » ... social partners a central role, alongside the Ministry of Education, in the management of the VET system. With the introduction of new VET legislation in 1956, the dual system was introduced, combining workplace training with practical and theoretical school-based training. Although workplace training today comprises 2/3 of vocational education and training, the introduction of daytime school-based training signaled the beginning of a process in which the VET system became more and more integrated in the general educational policy of the country. The article illustrates how this has forced the VET system to adapt to changing political strategies in ways which do not necessarily reflect problems inherent to the VET system itself. The strategy of education for all is considered as an example.
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