In pursuit of equity vocational education and training and social justice

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Avis, R. 2023. In pursuit of equity vocational education and training and social justice. Research in Post Compulsory Education. 28 (3), pp. 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/13596748.2023.2221119
AuthorsAvis, R.
Abstract

The paper problematises conceptualisations of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and its relationship to social justice by examining a number of debates. It explores a post-structural policy analysis which is sensitive to the manner in which, through research, we constitute the object of our inquiry and as a result of this process subtly change it. This initial discussion leads into an examination of hegemonic constructions of VET. Subsequently, the paper addresses the contours of inequality as they apply to VET and English further education. This is followed by an examination of conceptualisations of equity, equality and meritocracy. In conclusion, the paper poses a question – how far can VET be shifted from its occupational moorings in order to contribute towards a socially just society, or is it compromised by its close association with the needs of capital and employers? This is not merely an empirical but also a political question that hinges on conceptualisations of social justice and power as well as the manner in which these are addressed in the struggle for a fairer more just society.

Keywordsequity; vocational education and training ; social justice
Year2023
JournalResearch in Post Compulsory Education
Journal citation28 (3), pp. 1-22
PublisherRoutledge - Taylor and Francis
ISSN1747-5112
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13596748.2023.2221119
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13596748.2023.2221119
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