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How to teach vocational education: A theory of vocational pedagogy

                           A City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development publication launch

Date
: Thursday 6th December 2012, 10.30 am – 12 noon (Registration from 10 am)
Venue: One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1H 9JJ 

Admission:
Free

Speakers: Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills and Regional Growth (confirmed)
Professors Bill Lucas and Guy Claxton, Centre for Real-World Learning, University of Winchester
Sally Dicketts, Principal and Chief Executive, Oxford and Cherwell Valley College

Chair: Charlynne Pullen, Senior Researcher, City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development

Vocational education is currently high on the political agenda, with the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning, the Lingfield Review into the Professionalisation of Teaching in the learning and Skills Sector, and the Richards Review into Apprenticeships. There has been much debate about systems and structures, but before we can address these critical questions, the City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development argues that we need to re-establish the purpose of and theory behind vocational education and training.

The City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development’s latest research report, How to teach vocational education: A theory of vocational pedagogy, takes a fresh look at the outcomes of vocational education, and the implications for teaching practice. Drawing on an extensive literature review, we explore what teaching and learning methods are effective, the contexts of vocational education – people, places and cultures – and the complex demands these bring with them. The report makes the case for a vocational pedagogy, the science, art and craft of teaching, and offers a practical theory.

At this event, Professors Bill Lucas and Guy Claxton, Centre for Real-World Learning will share the findings and answer some of the key questions at the heart of the report including:

  • What makes vocational education distinctive?
  • Why do we need a theory of vocational pedagogy?
  • What should it look like and how can we put it into practice?
  • Which teaching and learning methods work in vocational education?
  • How do we know when and how to use them?


If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to reqaiyah.khwaja@skillsdevelopment.org by Monday 3 December 2012. Places will be offered on a first-come-first served basis. Twitter hashtag for this event is #vocped.