Same, but different: – emergence of VET in three Nordic Countries

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    Historically apprenticeship has developed very differently inthe Nordic Countries, either as a separate dual system (Denmark), asan integrated part of upper secondary education (Norway) or hasalmost disappeared (Sweden). This purpose of this paper is toexamine the roots of these differences in the period of re-regulationfollowing the deregulation caused by the dissolution of the guilds fromthe middle of the 19th century. The paper presents the first results of acomparative study of the roots of these differences in the historicaltransition of VET in three Nordic Countries. A number of earlierstudies (Archer 1979; Thelen 2004) have pointed to the significance ofthe formative transition period after the dissolution of the guilds for thesubsequent trajectories of VET, especially the relation betweenartisans and industrialists and the relation between the labour marketpartners and the state in establishing new forms of regulation ofcollective skills formation. Even though the coalitions and institutionsformed in this period do not determine subsequent development, they do make some policy options more likely than others (Dobbins & Busemeyer 2014).
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date8 Sep 2014
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2014
    EventHistory of Vocational Education and Training (VET): Cases, Concepts and Challenges - Universität Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
    Duration: 8 Sep 20149 Sep 2014


    ConferenceHistory of Vocational Education and Training (VET)
    LocationUniversität Zürich
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    • Nordic Countries
    • apprenticeship
    • regulation
    • vocational schools

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