ERIC Number: EJ1049562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Some Boys' Problems in Education--What Is the Role of VET?
Jørgensen, Christian Helms
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v67 n1 p62-77 2015
The last two decades have seen an increasing political concern in the high dropout rates and low performance in education of boys compared to girls--at times in the form of a "moral panic". This has also been the case in Denmark where "the boy problem" in education now is placed high on the agenda of education policy. The purpose of this article is to examine this "boy problem" in relation to the dual system of vocational education and training (VET) in Denmark. By considering the gender divisions and the value of the VET programmes on the labour market, it explores what kind of problems boys have in VET. Secondly, it explores the role of VET for students at risk of dropping out based on individual qualitative interviews with 106 students, two-thirds male, attending vocational schools in Denmark. The analyses show that most students experience the dual system of VET as a valuable alternative to general education, but social and institutional processes of differentiation in the vocational schools place a significant group of students in a position where they have little chance of completing the programme. In the conclusion, some reflections are made on the effect of a recent reform of VET in relation to these problems.
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Student Attrition, Males, Gender Differences, Dropout Rate, Role of Education, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Student Experience, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Institutional Characteristics, Social Problems, Educational Practices, Ethnography, Observation, Employment Potential, Resistance to Change, Ability Grouping, Nongraded Instructional Grouping, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark