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Teaching vocational pupils in their pyjamas: a socio-material perspective on challenges in the age of Covid-19
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3401-2013
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5192-6327
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4333-0371
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design. School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Halmstad University,. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1390-8379
2022 (English)In: The international journal of information and learning technology, ISSN 2056-4880, E-ISSN 2056-4899Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose 

Due to the global outbreak of Covid-19, Swedish teachers in upper secondary education were forced to conduct emergency remote teaching. As of today, there is a stream of research that addresses digitalization in education in light of the pandemic. Previous studies show that the challenges with the sudden intensification of digitalization have been particularly challenging in practical and aesthetic subjects. The research question is as follows: What challenges did vocational teachers experience during the emergency remote teaching caused by Covid-19 and what emergent tactics can be identified invocational teaching practice?

Design/methodology/approach 

The empirical data consists of (1) interviews with two vocational teachers and, (2) workshops with 25 teacher students from different vocational programmes that addressed vocational teaching during the Covid-19 crisis.

Findings 

Emergency remote teaching meant challenges due to the changed socio-material environment that cannot easily be transformed to a vocational teaching setting. The challenges were related to authentic situations and material, problem solving and dexterity. Tactics that emerged as a response to the challenges were mainly connected to attempts to mimic vocational practices.

Originality/value 

Contributions include explaining specific challenges and possibilities in developing vocational competence when teaching is digitalised. Furthermore, it increases the understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in vocational education. By adopting a socio-material perspective onvocational competence, the authors enhance the understanding of the importance of a shared socio-material environment

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2022.
Keywords [en]
Vocational teaching, Vocational competence, Digitalization, Covid-19, Socio-material perspective
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Learning
Research subject
Work Integrated Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19148DOI: 10.1108/ijilt-03-2022-0064ISI: 000853534700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85138146365OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19148DiVA, id: diva2:1701184
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Swedish Research Council, 2019-03607
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Available from: 2022-10-05 Created: 2022-10-05 Last updated: 2024-04-08Bibliographically approved

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